[CentOS-devel] Enabling PowerTools by default? (and proof-of-concept alternative)

Fri May 21 21:34:24 UTC 2021
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 5/19/21 9:17 PM, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 9:32 PM Michel Alexandre Salim
> <michel at michel-slm.name> wrote:
>> At the Hyperscale SIG, one of the repos we ship (centos-release-
>> hyperscale-hotfixes, which we use to override modular content we need
>> to fix as MBS is not available to SIGs) depends on EPEL (because the
>> packages there, for example libvirt, needs dependencies in EPEL).
>> EPEL's Quickstart recommends enabling codeready-builder on RHEL8, and
>> the corresponding powertools repo on CentOS 8:
>> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL#Quickstart
>> Could we possibly just enable powertools by default? CRB is on by
>> default in RHEL8 UBI containers (but weirdly not in the related CentOS
>> Stream containers!).
> Good luck with that. Disabling Powertools by default is a RHEL
> upstream behavior. The segregation of these tools and the disabling of
> them by default is one of the aspects of RHEL 8 and CentOs 8 that
> profoundly irritate me, they've so far served no useful purpose and
> only caused confusion. They do reduce the metadata download
> requirements somewhat for ordinary yum updates, but that's a distinct
> issue.

I don't actually disagree with you (wow .. a double negative :D) .  It
is one of the first things I do when i install CentOS 8 or stream ..
enable powertools.  But as you know, we stick with the RHEL defaults.

> Enabling it by default is available to you as a local configuration
> option: as you expand a network and go to system management tools like
> ansible rather than the expensive to set up and painful to manage RHN
> or spacewalk system, you may wish to automate its activate it by
> default or write '--enablerepo=PowerTools'' into your dnf installation
> scripts.