What to do about packaging beta, or rc as alternate installable

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Wed Jan 22 02:20:06 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-01-21 at 19:33 -0500, Neal Becker wrote:
> One of the packages I maintain is mercurial.  Frequently (e.g., now), there
> is a rc version available for test.  It will probably break some other package
> that depends on it.
> I am thinking of a model like google uses for chrome.  I could install any of:
> google-chrome-{stable,beta,unstable}
> I don't think fedora uses this model anywhere.  AFAICT, in Fedora there is 
> always only 1 version available - although there could be one in updates-
> testing.

Just for the record, of course we can have multiple different packages
that contain different versions of the same source. This is permitted in
specific situations, but generally frowned upon: details are in the
guidelines. It's most commonly used to provide multiple versions of
libraries where we really want to have packages that depend on different
versions of the library.
Adam Williamson
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