[CentOS-devel] php-5.2.x needs adopting

Thu Feb 17 18:04:45 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 2/17/2011 11:45 AM, Remi Collet wrote:
>> We've had a php-5.2 in c5-testing which was based on the rhwas sources
>> from upstream. Quite a few people have that package in production at
>> various places however, this looks mostly unsupported upstream now.
>> Would someone like to adopt the 5.2 packages, bring them upto 5.2.17 and
>> maintain it going forward for c5 ?
> Sorry but I think this will be a terrible mistake
> (even if I'm going to hurt some people)
> AFAIK, CentOS is a RHEL clone.
> So, cloning package for RHEL is ok
> Cloning package from RHWAS is also ok (in a sub-repository, of course)
> RHWAS provides php-5.2.10-1.el5s2 as should CentOS
> I think that providing packages which are not RH's upstream introduce a
> terrible confusion for final users.
> I think this is definitively something for third party repositories.
> So, to resume, is CentOS a clone or a fork of RHEL ?

(note the extras/plus repos)

If you enable the non-default CentOSPlus repo, it might be reasonable to 
consider it a fork.   But, anything that can co-exist with a stock RHEL 
distro probably belongs in EPEL or one of the other repos used by RHEL 
and all clones.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com