[Mageia-dev] Update of the rpm group policy

Remco Rijnders remco at webconquest.com
Sat Sep 8 14:29:45 CEST 2012

On Sat, Sep 08, 2012 at 01:13:22AM +0100, Pierre-Malo wrote in 
<504A8DA2.5030408 at rhul.ac.uk>:
>Hi all,
>I'm writing about the current rpm group policy:
>In this list, there are some groups that contain only a handful of
>packages while some others are in the hundreds. It sometimes makes it
>very hard to use rpmdrake (or other tools) to browse the packages. It is
>not a bug per se, but rather an interface issue, particularly with
>inexperienced users.
>My interest lies in particular in the Development/Other group. It is
>currently a mess, mixing up programming tools with libraries and
>compilers for the non-major programming languages. Among them, there are
>now 300 packages for OCaml-related packages. I propose we create a
>Development/OCaml group for them.
>I also noticed that despite our policy not having a Development/Tools
>rpm group, some packages started using it (I guess because Fedora and
>Suse have a Development/Tools group). I think this is a good idea and we
>could move there various tools currently in Development/Other like cvs,
>subversion (and all vcs), valgrind, make, autoconf, etc.
>If you agree, I will amend our
>with these two changes
>and get in touch with the appropriate packagers/maintainers to do the
>group change (which is a trivial spec change).

Hi Malo,

I am in agreement with your proposal above, but I think the RPM groups 
policy need a wider overhaul. For examples, I miss categories for 
scheduling and productivity, as well as a category for personal finances, 

As these changes also mean an update to our rpmlint package, I think it is 
best if someone drafts up a list of the needed changes and presents that 
in an upcoming dev team meeting for sanctioning.

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