Sub-package dropped upstream

Alec Leamas leamas.alec at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 21:20:10 UTC 2014


Yes, still it's an interesting issue... perhaps one count how many which
actually are installed, but many problems also here: users privacy/opt-in,
easily spoofed, infrastructure.

In any case it would be great to have some estimate on this.


On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM, Michael Schwendt <mschwendt at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:08:49 -0800, Jorge Gallegos wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I maintain the uwsgi package for fedora, which optionally builds a bunch
> > of modules to integrate with several other languages. One of the plugins
> > got recently removed upstream but it hasn't got any replacements yet (see
> > the top of http://uwsgi-docs.readthedocs.org/en/latest/Erlang.html)
> >
> > Currently f19 and f20 have 1.9.19 available, and I would like to update
> > to 1.9.21 but that would mean I have to deprecate the existing package
> > uwsgi-plugin-erlang. Is this the correct approach? adding an obsoletes
> > tag in the spec for uwsgi-plugin-erlang < 1.9.20 ?
>
> That would be the only way to withdraw the package from users'
> installations, especially if not obsoleting it would result in broken
> dependencies.
>
>
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines#Renaming.2FReplacing_Existing_Packages
>
> Depending on how popular the package might be, such breakage could
> annoy users.
>
> > Tangential question, do we have statistics of how many times this (or
> > any other) package has been downloaded?
>
> Hardly feasible, given that every mirror server would need to count
> downloads and submit the results to the Fedora Project, and then one could
> still not conclude safely whether a package has been installed actually
> and is still in use (or has been downloaded/mirrored only).
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