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Re: BUG #6341: Packaging - virtual provides "postgres" without version

From: Nelson Manuel Marques <nelson-m-marques(at)ext(dot)ptinovacao(dot)pt>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: "pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org>,"pgsqlrpms-hackers(at)pgfoundry(dot)org" <pgsqlrpms-hackers(at)pgfoundry(dot)org>
Subject: Re: BUG #6341: Packaging - virtual provides "postgres" without version
Date: 2011-12-24 16:16:44
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You are right, my apologies for rushing in with innacurate information. There is no problem with Red Hat's RPM's, in fact we decided to repackage PostgreSQL for our needs based on the current work by Red Hat and Fedora (spec file / integration), though with a few minor changes.

The main problem was that the 'PGDG' RPMS have a "Provides: postgresql" without a version. For what I've seen this suggests they are using the 'alternatives' methodology (somehow popular with JAVA), which we don't sympathize. I guess it's the beaty of free software, if you don't like, we can always work it out our own way.

I should've digged up more information before filing this report.

Thanks for your great work with PostgreSQL and Fedora/RH packaging.


Melhores cumprimentos,
Nelson M. Marques
De: Tom Lane [tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us]
Enviado: sexta-feira, 23 de Dezembro de 2011 17:46
Para: Robert Haas
Cc: Nelson Manuel Marques; pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org; pgsqlrpms-hackers(at)pgfoundry(dot)org
Assunto: Re: [BUGS] BUG #6341: Packaging - virtual provides "postgres" without version

Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> writes:
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM,  <nelson-m-marques(at)ext(dot)ptinovacao(dot)pt> wrote:
>> Currently your binary distribution of PostgreSQL for Enterprise Linux has a
>> virtual provides for 'postgresql' which has no version associated with it
>> (there's good and bad things depending on usage regarding this
>> methodology).

> The PostgreSQL project doesn't have any direct control over Red Hat's
> spec files, although Tom Lane, a PostgreSQL core team member, also
> works at Red Hat.  I would suggest that you take this up with Red Hat
> directly...

There is no such Provides: in the Red Hat spec files, so I would assume
that this complaint is actually about the PGDG RPMs.  Devrim?

                        regards, tom lane

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