[CentOS-devel] [Proposal] Converge EPEL and CBS

Lalatendu Mohanty

lmohanty at redhat.com
Tue Sep 22 09:43:06 UTC 2015

On 09/21/2015 07:42 PM, Haïkel wrote:
> Hi,
> Since the CentOS acquihire, there was a lot of discussion about EPEL's future.
> Since the FOSDEM meetup between Fedora/CentOS folks, there was little
> progress on that topic
> After a discussion with a Smooge, I decided to come with a proposal,
> knowing that
> 1. Fedora wants to keep EPEL within it umbrella
> 2. That CentOS SIGs are in practice rebuilding a lot of EPEL packages
> (or retag them for other SIGs)
> leading to poor maintenance as they don't follow EPEL tickets for all
> their dependencies.
> 3. EPEL is not part CentOS plans, and as soon as SIGs will progress,
> *may* turn the former irrelevant
> 4. Some EPEL packages are poorly maintained especially on older EL
> releases and/or orphaned
> We've reached the point where both EPEL/CBS would greatly benefit to join hands.
> So I suggest that we consider the following:
> * EPEL will still use Fedora dist-git
> * EPEL builds should be done in CBS to make it easier for SIGs to consume it.
> * EPEL will use CentOS repositories instead of mirroring RHEL repositories
> * Bridging Fedora/CentOS accounting system (CentOS is migrating to
> FAS)  <== we need to see the feasibility of this but that would be
> optimal, that would increase the permeability between our two
> contributors pools which is something, we all want to encourage.
> * Create a EPEL provenpackager group under CentOS core SIG
> supervision, allowing them to appoint people to maintain EPEL
> packages.
> I suggest that we keep the EPEL name to acknowledge EPEL historical
> effort to provide quality additional packages for EL distros.
> Fedora contributors would still be able to contribute to EPEL, and
> CentOS contributors to make it up their standards.
> Would that work for you?

+1. I liked the idea. It would save a lots of repeated efforts for 
building similar packages in CBS for SIGs.

I think we should we settle EPEL vs SIG stuff asap. Because this will 
help SIG and EPEL to grow and stay relevant.

> Regards,
> H.
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