[CentOS] epoch rpm el8 obsolete?

Tue Jul 9 20:54:21 UTC 2019
Leon Fauster <leonfauster at googlemail.com>

Am 09.07.2019 um 01:06 schrieb Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>:
>> On Mon, 8 Jul 2019 at 18:08, Leon Fauster via CentOS <centos at centos.org> wrote:
>> I am building a new workstation based on EL8 now. As someone else here mentioned, the raw EL8 distribution 
>> is unusable as a workstation. Therefore I am building lot of additional packages. Today I came across a problem 
>> with a custom package with an Epoch version, that kills the yum/dnf update process (it tries to find a "best" 
>> package etc.). My actually question; is the RPM Epoch stanza obsolete now (for EL8)? I remember that they also 
>> started to delete Groups categories ...
> Epoch still exists and is used.. but is now not the top dog in all transactions.
> What exactly is the package and what is it trying to 'replace'?
> When I have run into this.. it is usually a modular package which is installed or
> available and dnf/yum says 'cant replace X with Y'

I wanted to force our rebuilded package (that include some "desktop" fixes) to be installed. The added Epoch 
got in the way of dnf and also "dnf --nobest" didn't help to resolve it. Just to make it efficient I took the 
shortcut and useded a %{dist}.1 instead of the Epoch stanza. But good to known that its still valid and with 
more time I will check the root cause of my former approach ... thanks.