[packman] duplicated packages

Cristian Morales Vega cmorve69 at yahoo.es
Wed Jun 8 11:11:45 CEST 2011

On 8 June 2011 09:01, Ludwig Nussel <ludwig.nussel at suse.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> I thought Essentials was meant as kind of minimal, safe addon for
> released distros? Now there are almost 200 packages in it, including
> ones that are published for distros where the package already
> exists.
> Just taking a random sample:
> - SDL_sound: copy (ie no link, no branch) of version 1.0.3 that was
>  even in 11.1 already
> - schroedinger: unversioned link to a devel project, published for
>  11.3 which already has version 1.0.9. There was no ABI nor ABI
>  change so why? If there are any important bug fixes in 1.0.10 then
>  why not just request an online update instead of throwing an
>  unreviewed, moving target from a devel project at the users?
> - taglib: again unversioned link to a devel project. The package
>  even has different subpackages than on the distro. Is this version
>  update needed at all? If so and it's safe why not request a
>  maintenance update?

When I got in Packman I tried to clean it. But since you don't know
who makes some of the changes (like enabling the build for a version)
or why they are done, and we don't get any kind of report of changes
it's difficult to fix.

I inserted the information I had in the packages descriptions, so in
you can see: "This package is needed because SLE_11 and Evergreen
don't provide updated enough (3.10.2) versions for
old-gstreamer010-plugins-base". But I tried to be conservative, so for
fluidsynth you have a "No idea why it's here. But at the moment of
this writing the linked version is exactly the same than the one from
openSUSE 11.4 (and obviously Factory), so it's disabled for them".

For schroedinger I wrote "This package is needed because SLE_11 and
Evergreen don't provide updated enough (1.0.6) versions for ffmpeg".
But now the package is built also for "Evergreen_11.2" and
"openSUSE_11.3". Someone else enabled it for those versions... but no
idea of who, why or when.

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