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Re: [opensuse-buildservice] Re: openSUSE:Tools dropped 11.3 repo already?
  • From: Adrian Schröter <adrian@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:19:41 +0100
  • Message-id: <2534027.fmjmlZR2Ok@scherben>
Am Montag, 13. Februar 2012, 22:13:54 schrieb Adam Spiers:
Archie Cobbs (archie.cobbs@xxxxxxxxx) wrote:
Why? First, it is worth observing that the very nature of OBS makes it
difficult to pursue that goal. Because in OBS, for any project/package
there is only one spec file - and therefore package version - for ALL

It is the easiest way, but there are also other ways with multiple spec files.

In other words, it would be impossible for a maintainer to configure a
package to build foobar-1.2 on openSUSE 11.3 but foobar-2.1 on
openSUSE 12.1.


So what happens? They either try to shoehorn foobar-2.1 onto 11.3,
with lots of resulting build issues, or if that becomes too hard they
just drop support for 11.3 or leave the build broken.

Some brave projects are willing to spawn sub-projects for each
openSUSE version, e.g. Virtualization:openSUSE11.3. But this is
unwieldy and hard to manage, and as a result most projects don't
bother to do this.

that makes no sense usually. You can still build against
DISCONTINUED:openSUSE:11.3 from same project. It is just that an absolute
minority wants to support that at all.

I'm very new to the OBS, but I agree - to my inexperienced eyes,
it does seem like there could be a more elegant solution.

(dreaming) Why not let each project be a simple git repo, with a
branch for each repository, defaulting to 'master' if no such branch
were defined?

Right, that was also my first reaction too the first time I found
myself in a twisty maze of OBS repositories, all alike. Could it make
sense to switch the OBS backend to git?

There is a stub for that but a lot is missing like event handling and release
counter handling. And you can't use git for entire projects or even a repo for
package repo, because the size of the tar balls would kill you in default
settings. And git sub-projects are just the horror ...

Or at least build a git-obs
bridge, in a similar manner to the existing git-svn bridge?
Adrian Schroeter
SUSE Linux Products GmbH
email: adrian@xxxxxxx

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