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

Thu Sep 29 04:30:44 UTC 2022
Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel at gmail.com>

On Wed, Sep 28, 2022 at 6:10 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.

This was my conclusion with the RPMs I publish, which replace RHEL
RPMs and would not be accepted for EPEL. But dear lord, the modularity
has been a problem and I'm delighted it's being discarded for EPEL.

> 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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