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Re: [softwaremgmt] obtain source repo directly via rpm header
  • From: Klaus Kaempf <kkaempf@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 10:44:34 +0200
  • Message-id: <20090507084434.GB8232@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@xxxxxxxx> [May 06. 2009 23:33]:
What about simply utilizing a previously unused rpm-tag to directly
determine via the rpm-header where a package came from?
Then we do not need to parse the whole history just for this purpose!

What are you trying to achieve ?

Both values provide different information. The zypper history shows
the repo the package was downloaded from. The rpm distribution and
vendor tags show where the package was build.

I have had a look at all header entries and have found a promising up to
now unused candidate: RPMTAG_SOURCE

RPMTAG_SOURCE already has a different definition:

A list of the source files that are present in the SRPM package. All files
listed here will be placed in the relevant C<SOURCES> directory when
building from this SRPM. All source files listed in the original spec are
listed here, even if some were excluded by the B<NOSOURCE> tag defined

For the future RPMTAG_SOURCE could carry the Buildservice-URL a package
is provided via.

The repo URL is of little value since it just shows the distribution
channel, not the origin.

RPMTAG_DISTRIBUTION could then no longer be complicated with the info
already present in RPMTAG_ARCH, but extended with a hint like

DISTRIBUTION = openSUSE 11.0 (X86-64)
ARCH = x86_64

as proposed:
DISTRIBUTION = openSUSE 11.0 / Buildservice
ARCH = x86_64

Well, DISTRIBUTION should describe the 'build environment':

A text label identifying the name given to the overall larger
distribution the package itself is a part of.

To identify the package origin, two tags are useful:

Name of the group/company/individual who built the package.

An alternate identifier for the company that created and provided
the package.

But this topic is now more likely suited for
opensuse-buildservice@xxxxxxxxxxxx or opensuse-packaging@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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