[Fedora-packaging] [Draft][RFC] The use of alternatives

Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski dominik at greysector.net
Thu Feb 26 18:39:36 UTC 2009

On Sunday, 22 February 2009 at 20:03, Rex Dieter wrote:
> Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> >Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
> >>Hi all,
> >>
> >>Here's a draft that - after deciding which solution is best - should
> >>eventually be put into Packaging Guidelines:
> >>
> >>https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackagingDrafts/UsingAlternatives
> >>
> >>I tried to list all pros and cons of each solution.
> >>I'm personally hesitating between using %ghost or Provides:, but I'd
> >>prefer the Provides: solution.
> >If the only con of the %ghost solution is that it conflicts with "files
> >owned by multiple packages are forbidden" 
> I would advocate the use of %ghost.  It works, provided the contents of 
> all the targets are the same, ie, if they all use:
> touch /far/bar
> Conflicts will arise to simply highlight pkgs not following the 
> convention (ie, being a valuable debugging tool).

Sounds good to me.

Thanks for the comments. I'll incorporate them in the draft and present
it later for approval.


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