F22 System Wide Change: Replace Yum With DNF

Miloslav Trmač mitr at volny.cz
Wed Jun 11 16:53:36 UTC 2014

2014-06-11 15:02 GMT+02:00 Rahul Sundaram <metherid at gmail.com>:

> I strongly agree with this for practical reasons.  There is no good
> rationale for moving away from yum as the name of the command except some
> of the command line changes which happened with yum anyway (download only
> was added and later removed for example) and one can warn specifically for
> those.

Yeah, if the compatibility is there, it should *just be there*.  Software
is here to server users, so the appropriate thing to do on (yum update) is
to update the system, not to use this as an appropriate moment to
essentially advertise users about a new project or about our achievements
(even though the dnf project *is* an achievement, don’t get me wrong).

It makes sense to only add new features to the (dnf) command, or to
warn/fail when the yum compatibility doesn’t actually exist. But when the
compatibility exists, the right thing for the users is to just do what was
asked, no questions asked.

(Structurally, this would also allow you to separate the compatibility UI
hacks in /usr/bin/yum, keeping /usr/bin/dnf a bit more clean.)
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