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Re: Conflicts vs Obsoletes

From: Jeff Johnson <n3npq@mac.com>
Date: Mon 16 Nov 2009 - 03:11:57 CET
Message-id: <F80C7B38-A6C1-47C5-9E48-29B143A322A6@mac.com>

On Nov 15, 2009, at 8:09 PM, Eric MSP Veith wrote:

>> In that case, I put both Conflicts: bash.rpm / Obsoletes: bash.rpm
>> in newbash.rpm?
> Depdends on what you express. Normally, "Obsoletes" suffices.

The fundamental design flaw with Obsoletes: is lack of persistence.

So if you undertake a old -> new renaming, and the "new" package has
	Obsoletes: old
then the "old" package is erased.

But nothing stops re-installing the "old" package.

Which is often why a Conflicts: is being added with Obsoletes:, for  

I'm likely to make Obsoletes: persistent Real Soon Now. But that
won't change widely deployed RPM behavior.

73 de Jeff

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