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Re: [opensuse-factory] dropping BitTorrent (Mainline) package
  • From: Rob OpenSuSE <rob.opensuse.linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 08:57:14 +0000
  • Message-id: <ce9d8ed60912050057j6b57dd1aued348da5af32ca2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
2009/12/4 Stefan Seyfried <stefan.seyfried@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
And it will screw up stuff like dependencies etc. and make everything

But the repository metadata could have an extra file with
no-longer-present packages, which would only be consulted if e.g.
"zypper search" finds out that the package is not available. It could
even be used to point to alternate repositories etc...

To me the package management has enough work, managing the current
packages in repo's without having cruft of discontinued packages
accreting gradually in future releases. It may be confusing to have
packages listed, that are actually not installable. Having such would
likely mean requests to have "discontinued" & "active" filter in YaST
Software Manager.

Traditionally this is kind of thing you expect to find in the Release
Notes, but that has never been especially effective.

Now there's a utility been introduced "cnf" to report information to
the user who can query missing commands, it validates PATH and
searches in package repo. Couldn't it also search in a DB of
"discontinued" of dropped files and package names, and return summary
info, suggested alternative and URL to the drop announcement web page
which has the rationale?

Keeps the information "out of band" and in a non-critical part of the system.
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