rpm 4.12 and weak dependencies

Haïkel hguemar at fedoraproject.org
Thu Oct 9 08:11:32 UTC 2014

2014-10-09 8:57 GMT+02:00 Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 at freenet.de>:
> I do not.

I understand your point of view, in a different context (ie: dnf being
default package manager), I would have shared yours.

> We need a precise and detailed functional description about what these "weak
> dependencies" are supposed to do.

At least, we agree on that part.
But there is already some documentation about their semantics, these
have been used in OpenSUSE for a while, so there are data about it.

> Also, we would need a precise and detailed description of how weak deps are
> seen by non-weak-deps aware programs.

They are plainly ignored, I'm more worried about the behavioral
differences between supported package managers.
I'd rather ensure that people get a consistent user experience when
installing packages, unlike Debian had during the time, they supported

We should not worry about non-supported package managers

> Otherwise chaos is pre-programmed.

As long they are ignored, they are not problematic.
But if we were to change the default package manager or yum behavior
(unlikely), that would change things.

ATM, it really doesn't change anything, since i believe that we have
enough time to experiment before F22/F23, let's get some feedbacks.
Then, we could have actual data on good/bad practices, and improves at
the same time dnf behavior if needed.


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