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

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Wed Jan 22 12:41:49 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 07:33:40PM -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.  But the purpose of updates-testing is now for a long-lived parallel
> development - it is designed for short term before promotion to stable.
> Although the google-chrome model is perhaps not the ideal way to handle the
> idea of alternative versions - it seems good enough.
> Any thoughts?

virt-preview is another model you might look at.

Some time (hopefully soon) we'll be building virt-preview using copr,
but for the time being you can read about it here:



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