[Mageia-sysadm] Pkg removal request

Pascal Terjan pterjan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 12:37:53 CEST 2012

On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Jani Välimaa <jani.valimaa at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/6/7 Sander Lepik <sander.lepik at eesti.ee>:
>> 07.06.2012 22:36, Jani Välimaa kirjutas:
>>> On 06.06.2012 18:11, nicolas vigier wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 30 May 2012, Jani Välimaa wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> as I get some negative feedback by dropping pkgs with task-obsolete
>>>>> previously, I decided to step back to old behaviour..
>>>>> Could someone please remove the following obsoleted pkgs from repos:
>>>>> mousepad
>>>>> xfprint
>>>>> lib{,64}xfprint-devel
>>>>> lib{,64}xfprint0
>>>> What is the reason for removing them ?
>>>> If it is software that we want to remove from the distribution, then it
>>>> should be obsoleted by task-obsolete.
>>>> https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Packaging_guidelines#Obsoleting_a_package
>>> Both seems to be dead in upstream. Other distros are also removed or
>>> removing them from their repos.
>>> Well, I guess I'll add them then to task-obsolete and won't care if
>>> someone rants about obsoleting libs and/or preventing users installing
>>> pkgs from their own sources..
>> xfprint should be obsoleted. Not libs, libs should be removed by sysadmins, so users who
>> have them can still keep them.
> IMHO same applies for other pkgs too, we shouldn't force removal of
> pkg unless there is some other pkg which replaces the first one.

Well there are some other cases
- Package contains a security problem which will never get fixed
- App has no way to ever work on future versions of the distro (due to
being dependant on obsolete stuff)

I think these are the case when task-obsolete is useful

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