Software Management call for RFEs

John.Florian at John.Florian at
Thu May 23 15:09:30 UTC 2013

> From: pknirsch at
> On 05/23/2013 04:47 PM, Paul Flo Williams wrote:
> > John.Florian at wrote:
> >>> From: Rahul Sundaram <metherid at>
> >>> What I would like to see is
> >>> solid git integration. Git has become the standard distributed vcs
> >>> and github and google code etc have stopped hosting tarballs and/or
> >>> discouraging it and GNOME is planning to do that as well.  If Source
> >>> URL could point directly to a git url with a hash or git tag, we
> >>> would benefit.
> >>
> >> Amen to that!  I roll my own rpms daily from locally developed 
> >> where we have no policy of pushing tarballs.  From everything I've 
> >> been able to figure out, it's necessary for me to make temporary 
> >> just to feed rpmbuild.  It always seems such a huge waste of time,
> >> especially for very large packages.
> >
> > RPM would still be making tarballs behind the scenes, even with better
> > integration with git, wouldn't it? -- you still need the ability to 
> > SRPMs.
> >
> But rpm could just do a git-tar-tree behind the scenes, which sounds 
> easy enough.

Exactly.  And even though I have to give rpmbuild a tarball, I don't 
believe it ever reuses it "as is".  My understanding is that the content 
gets extracted, processed and tarballed again.

I'd like to see it behave more the way I expected it to when I naively 
first started rolling my own packages.  Specifically, it would be nice if 
the %Source URI was processed intelligently to automatically retrieve the 
content via HTTP, FTP, GIT, FILE or whatever (within reason) happens to be 
specified there.

John Florian
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