[CentOS-devel] [Pulp-list] CentOS errata

Sat Dec 10 00:56:46 UTC 2011
Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org>

Hi Pete,

On 11/29/2011 09:16 PM, Peter Meier wrote:
> But the errata could also be made available in additional format than
> only by mail? That would not include to "copy" them, wouldn't it?

The issue is that we cant use / consume info published inside rhn, any
of it. Doing so puts not only us in violation of their AUP and Terms,
but everyone who uses CentOS. Its too big a deal to risk.

Having said that, I think the issue really boils down to :
1) What should be included in a release announcement

2) Can this info be available in a format that is consumable without
need to scrape.

So we really just need to work out (1), doing (2) is now quite easy, the
entire buildsystem uses a json / rest api that can be extended in either
direction ( both into the system and outside the system to user/consumer
stacks ). An example would be getting a callback when a package one
subscribes to gets an update, along with a json object that contains
metadata around the update.

I believe pulp is getting functionality that allows arbitrary content
consumption, so a plugin that could map centos-errata-metadata into a
format pulp can consume would be the way to go. Ideally the spacekwalk
people will stop scraping the mailing lists as well.

Btw, I'm not on the pulp list, so lets trust you to bridge.

- KB