[CentOS-devel] EPEL 8 Modules get the axe on Halloween 2022

Fri Oct 14 20:35:23 UTC 2022
Troy Dawson <tdawson at redhat.com>

There has been a schedule update to the epel8 modularity removal.

October 31, 2022
- The updated epel-release will be pushed to epel8 stable
-- This sets "enabled = 0" for epel-modular, if you haven't already changed
your config.

February 15, 2023
- The EPEL 8 modules will be archived and removed.
-- The mirror manager will be pointed to the archive.

* Question:Why was the final archive moved to February 15th.
* Answer1: EPEL is made to help Enterprise users.
Many Enterprise users are already in an end of the year freeze.
This will give them time to plan, test, and implement any changes they
might face.
* Answer2: Because February 14th was voted down by our significant others.

EPEL Steering Committee

On Wed, Sep 28, 2022 at 3:10 PM Troy Dawson <tdawson at redhat.com> wrote:

> When EPEL-8 was launched, it came with some support for modules with the
> hope that a module ecosystem could be built from Fedora packages using RHEL
> modules as an underlying tool. This has never happened and we have ended up
> with a muddle of modular packages which will 'build' but may not install or
> even run on an EL-8 system. Attempts to fix this and work within how EPEL
> is normally built have been tried for several years by different people but
> have not worked.
> At this point we are saying that this experiment with modules in EPEL has
> not worked and we will focus our resources on what does work.
> Schedule of EPEL 8 Module Retirement:
> Next Week:
> - epel-release will be updated.
> -- epel-modular will set enabled = 0
> -- epel-modular full name will have "Deprecated" in it
> October 31 2022:
> - The EPEL 8 modules will be archived and removed.
> -- The mirror manager will be pointed to the archive.
> - Packagers will no longer be able to build EPEL 8 modules.
> After October 31st (Actual date to be determined):
> - epel-release will be updated again.
> -- epel-modular repo configs will be removed.
> Questions and Answers:
> Question: Will I still be able to access the modules after October 31st?
> Answer: It is not recommended, because the modules will not get any
> security or bug fixes, but yes.  They will be in the Fedora archives,
> and the mirror managers will point at them.
> Question: What will you be dressed as on Halloween?
> Answer (Troy): A Penguin
> EPEL Steering Committee
> [1] - https://pagure.io/epel/issue/198
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