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Re: [opensuse-factory] Contrib repository
  • From: Dirk Müller <dmueller@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 11:53:37 +0200
  • Message-id: <200808251153.37248.dmueller@xxxxxxx>
On Thursday 21 August 2008, Michal Marek wrote:

Contrib is specifically NOT going to provide backports, but rather serve
as an extension to Factory.

There is use for both: "Themed" projects, providing latest and greatest
packages for a wide range of distributions, "Contrib", as an extension
to Factory and 11.1,2,3... in the future, providing add-ons only, and
not updating after the distro is released.

I understand the difference now. I am not sure however that it needs a solution
in the OBS. The package manager could for example highlight that a certain
repository wants to upgrade a "lib*" package that is also required by other
packages not provided by the same repository, so that inconsistencies could

Another solution would be to provide a "addon:" toplevel namespacet that must
not replace any non-leaf package of a distro. I'm not sure if it is worth it,
often enough it is quite painful to keep current packages compiling if you're
not allowed to upgrade libraries the package depends on.


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