Remove Perl from minimal build root

Vít Ondruch vondruch at redhat.com
Thu Oct 30 14:02:10 UTC 2014


Hi everybody,

I am pretty sure, that this was already discussed many times, but I
proposed to drop the seemingly last dependency of RPM on Perl in this
[1] ticket and hence Perl from minimal buildroot (unless it will be
pulled in by some other packages). The RPM maintainers as well as Perl
maintainers seems to be in favor of this change.

Nevertheless, there will be necessary to update Perl packaging
guidelines, to explicitly require Perl generators in some cases, and
subsequently to fix the affected packages:

# repoquery --whatrequires 'perl(*)' --source | grep -v 'perl-'| sort -u | wc -l
 618


This is quite enough work, on the other hand, it should enable simpler
bootstrapping of Fedora and prevent issues, such as currently broken
build root on PPC builders. I believe it is worth of the effort.

If you have any comments, please speak up now.




Vít



[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1158860



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