Packager on RHEL5/CentOS5?

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Wed Apr 9 11:17:47 UTC 2014

On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 02:13:32PM +0200, Pierre-Yves Chibon wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> As you may know I am working on updating our package database
> (pkgdb) to a new version named pkgdb2. In this process, pkgdb-cli
> has got re-writen and now ships a python module that can
> be used as an interface to query the pkgdb2 API.
> The thing is that fedpkg relies on pkgdb-cli to retire packages and
> there is a milestone set for F22 to make python3 the default python
> interpreter [1].  The module mentionned above should work
> fine on EL5 as well as under python3, however that's not the case
> for pkgdb-cli.
> My question is thus, is there anyone here that is using
> RHEL5/CentOS5 to do packaging for Fedora/EPEL?  If so, and if you
> rely on fedpkg/pkgdb-cli for it, please say so :) (here or on [2]).
> Otherwise, I am considering making the first release of pkgdb-cli
> for pkgdb2 on el6+ only.

My reading of:

is that only urgent security and bug fixes should be done now against
RHEL 5.  No one should be doing general development against RHEL 5
unless they want to support themselves.

The question is whether urgent security fixes could include retiring
packages.  I think unlikely, unless it is discovered that a package
has irretrievable security problems that cannot be solved in any way
other than immediately removing it from distribution.

Would it still be possible to retire a package "manually" (if that is
meaningful)?  Or would it not be possible at all?


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