[CentOS-devel] Re: Third repos CentOS 5 compatibility

Mon May 7 17:12:06 UTC 2007
R P Herrold <herrold at owlriver.com>

On Mon, 7 May 2007, Durval Menezes wrote:

> in the end it came to naught (I privately received information from
> one developer explaining why there are no clear rules, but I was asked
> to keep it confidential and so I can't post it here).

You are welcome to submit the [CentOS?] 'developer' email with 
heaeders you assert explains 'why there are no clear rules', 
 	security at centos.org
which is monitored by at least two senior CentOS developers 
(including me);  frankly I doubt it says what you think it 
does;  I will consult with the author of the claimed piece and 
ask if he or she minds its release, if you are not interested 
in doing so.

Let's look at things which the CentOS site says:

  -- right off the bat:
    "Make sure the package you want to contribute isn't
     already in some repository ..."

see also:
  -- which was written with the invitation of Jim Perrin onto 
the CentOS team fresh in mind.

In looking at your packagings, I see you have:

 	An interesting find, and seemingly not packaged 
elsewhere; last stable seems to be from 2005; a beta seems to 
be in verson 1.3 since then.  Is it in development, still? 
What about security updates?
  -- Possible candidate

 	DAG, PLD, and cAos all carry this
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/DAG/SRPMS/catdoc-0.94.2-1.rf.src.rpm

 	DAG, FE, and more carry this part of the BR for Nagios
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/redhat/fedora/extras/SRPMS/fping-2.4b2-7.fc6.src.rpm

 	Wayy back when I seem to have built it; PLD too, and 
RHL 9; FE had it for a while; as I recall there was a security 
issue in the 1 series, but memory fades
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/redhat/fedora/extras/SRPMS/fvwm-2.5.21-4.fc7.src.rpm
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/ORC/fvwm/fvwm-1.24r-24.src.rpm

 	PLD and FE seem to carry this
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/redhat/fedora/extras/SRPMS/id3v2-0.1.11-4.fc6.src.rpm

 	PLD seems to have it already
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/PLD/2.0/SRPMS/imapsync-1.133-1.src.rpm

 	PLD, Centos-2, Fedora Core have versions -- nothing to 
see here

 	PLD and RPMforge have this already, although older
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/RPMForge/SRPMS/ayo/redhat/7.2/i386/SRPMS.freshrpms/licq-1.1.0-fr1_20020228.src.rpm

 	PLD has it in an older version
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/PLD/2.0/SRPMS/mp3info-0.2.16-6.src.rpm

  -- seemingly an original and unique packaging under this 
naming series of another's (the author of Putty) tool;  it 
looks marginally interesting

  -- http://www.durval.com.br/RPMS/el4/openntpd/openntpd.spec
 	is unviewable from your webserver, probably with 
permissions issues

  -- http://www.durval.com.br/RPMS/el4/parsemce/parsemce.spec
 	is a direct copy from a packaging by #Vendor: Dave 
Jones <davej at redhat.com> -- but seemingly never made it 
further; PLD seems to have it.  Why is it not still going 
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/PLD/2.0/SRPMS/parsemce-0.0.8-1.src.rpm

 	umm -- in RHEL 5, it seems
  -- /mnt/nfs/var/ftp/pub/mirror/redhat/rhel5/SRPMS/privoxy-3.0.3-9.2.2.src.rpm

> This is very frustrating, and I think it keeps many people from
> contributing to CentOS.

sort of like going through a list of packagings and finding 
that most are already out there?  ;0

-- Russ Herrold