Software Management call for RFEs

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at
Fri May 24 11:27:50 UTC 2013

On 05/24/2013 01:37 PM, Petr Pisar wrote:
> On 2013-05-24, Jonathan Dieter <jdieter at> wrote:
>> On Fri, 2013-05-24 at 08:03 +0000, Petr Pisar wrote:
>>> Do you know virtual packages are forbidden in Fedora?
>> Sorry, I just scanned through the guidelines and didn't see this
>> anywhere.  Do you mind citing a reference, please?
> Well it's probably not forbidden by guidelines, but I've heard this rule
> many times. There exists a thread on fedora-packaging mailing list
> <>.

What's generally frowned upon is the "task-foo" style gigantic 
metapackages, but metapackages are used in Fedora for more specific 
purposes. Take xorg-x11-drivers or wine for example.

> I also think rpmlint considers empty package as an error and I remember
> I saw an rpmbuild run that did not produce an sub-package just because
> there was no %files section.

Missing %files section is different from an empty %files section: a 
non-existing %files section indeed causes no package to be generated 
(which various people are taking advantage of for simplifying 
conditional builds), but empty %files section is perfectly legal, always 

	- Panu -

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