[CentOS-devel] Why are Spacewalk packages removed from CentOS?

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Tue Feb 16 19:55:08 UTC 2010

On Tue, 16 Feb 2010, Marcus Moeller wrote:

>> People may blame us for deviating from RHEL, which is what we will keep on
>> doing if we leave the RHN libraries/client out.
>> Although I don't think I will be changing your mind, Marcus, because for
>> your use-case there is no benefit.
> And I personally see no benifits in including them and loosing
> flexibility without any real benefits (besides for mrepo users).

So let's end this thread (before we reiterate for the 7th time) with 
words from Miroslav Suchÿ, one of the Red Hat Spacewalk developers who 
stays out of this thread, likely intimidated by it :-)

About including RHEL5 RHN tools in CentOS 5:

     "So my recomendation is: take this patch and apply it on current rhel5
      package and include all of them in CentOS."


     "Large part (if not majority) of Spacewalk users use CentOS and I'm
      pretty sure they will appreciate, if these tools will be present
      directly in CentoOS."


In response that the user will need other tools anway to use it with 

     "I disagree. Majority of people will install only these packages. Yes
      - we have client repo which contains several other tools. But with
      these packages you can do most of the management
      (install/upgrade/remove package, do rollback, compare profiles, run
      scripts, reboot machines, reprovision them...). In fact even as
      developer of Spacewalk I rarely use other then those mentioned client


Kind regards,
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