[Fedora-packaging] Big revisions to the bundling guidelines incoming

Thomas Spura tomspur at fedoraproject.org
Wed Oct 7 22:26:54 UTC 2015

Jason L Tibbitts III <tibbs at math.uh.edu> schrieb am Mi., 7. Okt. 2015 um
21:41 Uhr:

> Just so FPC and everyone else here is aware, FESCo just approved a
> rather significant revision to the bundling guidelines which removes FPC
> from the process entirely.  FPC will need to formulate a new guideline
> for recording upstream interaction but this should be no more than a
> couple of sentences.
> I have closed all of the existing bundling tickets.  In those tickets I
> did erroneously mention the possibility of FPC still being involved with
> bundling of packages in the critical path, but that was not in the
> approved proposal.  Most bundling of any type is now permitted in all
> packages, though it appears that FESCo will periodically audit the
> voluntarily added Provides: bundled() tags.
> I will draft a removal of the current bundling guidelines and their
> replacement with something closely derived from what FPC approved, which
> follows.
> "
> All packages whose upstreams allow them to be build against system
> libraries must be built against system libraries.
> All packages whose upstreams have no mechanism to build against system
> libraries must be contacted publicly about a path to supporting system
> libraries. If upstream refuses, this must be recorded in the spec file
> using a persistent mechanism to be clarified in the packaging
> guidelines.
> All packages whose upstreams have no mechanism to build against system
> libraries may opt to carry bundled libraries, but if they do, they must
> include Provides: bundled(<libname>) = <version> in their RPM spec file.
> "
> The FESCo ticket is here: https://fedorahosted.org/fesco/ticket/1483
> Minutes:
> https://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2015-10-07/fesco.2015-10-07-18.00.html
> Log (discussion starts at 18:11:40):
> https://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2015-10-07/fesco.2015-10-07-18.00.log.html
> I happened to notice a ping so at least one FPC member was able to be
> present at the meeting to give some input from the packaging committee
> standpoint.  Anyone interested in my opinions on the matter is welcome
> to read the minutes.  I'm sure flames will result, but my interest here
> on this list is only technical.

Huh... I did't see this huge relaxation of the bundling guidelines coming.
Furthermore, I was't aware that also advertising reasons and negative
sentiment about our policies were part of the motivation to push this
change ASAP.
Anyway, thank you, for sharing the concern that bundling will be free for
all now and looking forward to the technical discussion about this at the
FPC meeting.

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