Package name conflict with retired package

Sandro Mani manisandro at
Fri Sep 13 11:51:28 UTC 2013

On 13.09.2013 11:48, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:54:49 +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
>> On 09/12/2013 10:40 PM, Sandro Mani wrote:
>>> I just posted a review for avl (the Aerodynamic and flight-dynamic
>>> analysis of rigid aircrafts package) [1], and the reviewer noticed that
>>> it conflicts with the retired avl package (the AVL tree manipulation
>>> library). How should one proceed in such situations? Does the old
>>> repository needs to be deleted before the new one is created?
>> Please do not reuse package names for unrelated software.  It is quite
>> confusing and can interfere with all kinds of tracking/package mapping
>> efforts.
> That could be documented.
> It would be wrong for an old retired (!) "avl" to block that component
> name forever. What if that project has been abandoned or renamed?
> I can't reach the old  currently, but the README in the
> old F14 package calls it "AVLTREE", "AVLTree" and "AVL-Tree library",
> and the Fedora src.rpm uses the libavl source tarball from Debian.
>   => It could (should?) have been named "libavl" or "avltree".
I would definitely prefer this option. Should I file a rel-eng ticket or 
what would the procedure be?

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