[CentOS] Mixing RPMforge and EPEL (Was: EPEL repo)

drew einhorn drew.einhorn at gmail.com
Sat Jul 28 21:04:09 UTC 2007


Dumb question.

Can't we identify the source of the package by looking at the signature.

On 7/28/07, Dag Wieers <dag at wieers.com> wrote:
>
> On Fri, 27 Jul 2007, JC Júnior wrote:
>
> > I received a message about EPEL repository, I would like to know if this
> repo
> > is long term support too.
>
> Let me add that an effort to make sure EPEL is compatible with RPMforge
> failed as EPEL wants to become the only repository for RHEL and there is
> no interest to consider current RPMforge users.
>
> EPEL refused the repotag, so one cannot easily identify where a package
> comes from and mixing repositories becomes harder. Since compatibility is
> a 2 way interaction and EPEL shows no interest, it is certain that mixing
> EPEL with other repositories may break something.
>
> Also EPEL's Fedora legacy makes EPEL closer to Fedora's Extras packages
> than they are with RPMforge's packages, which can lead to problems with
> eg. nagios-plugins or clamav packages.
>
> I already foresee a lot of frustration caused by bug-reports that make it
> not clear that packages come from EPEL (much like in the Fedora era where
> Fedora Extras packages caused problems with RPMforge that were hard to
> identify or fix).
>
> Also, EPEL packages only exist for RHEL4 and RHEL5, resp 340 and 600
> projects while RPMforge builds for RHEL2, RHEL3, RHEL4 and RHEL5,
> about 3400 projects. We however do not provide any PPC packages.
>
> As always, be careful what you enable and cherry pick rather than enable
> fully.
>
> PS Within a corporate environment, look at the mrepo tool for managing
> repositories and cherry picking packages for deploying and managing
> systems. Do not enable repositories company wide !
>
> --   dag wieers,  dag at wieers.com,  http://dag.wieers.com/   --
> [Any errors in spelling, tact or fact are transmission errors]
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