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Limiting package Name: field to explicit character set

From: Jeff Johnson <n3npq@mac.com>
Date: Mon 05 Jan 2009 - 17:53:34 CET
Message-id: <DE00C3B6-54E0-4284-8FB3-F5D231DF1C61@mac.com>
This off-hand comment regarding Mandriva DUDF -> CUDF
translation needed by the Mancoosi project reminds me
of a design mis-feature in RPM:

 > - package names: they should match the naming convention we  
 > i.e., only lowercase characters, numbers, dashes or pluses [1] or
 > dots (see section 3.2.2 of D5.1, and in particular the definition of
 > type "pkgname")

With the possible addition of '_', that is an unsuprising set
of characters to limit package Name: fields to explicitly (i.e.
cause rpmbuild to fail with characters not in the permitted set).

Its really silly that consensus on an obvious "standard" needs
to be attempted for RPM in 2009 imho. But better late than never ...

Are there any objections if I limit the characters permitted in Name:?

73 de Jeff

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