[oclug] rpm and obsoleted packages
Michael P. Soulier
msoulier at digitaltorque.ca
Mon Jun 16 22:35:00 EDT 2003
On 16/06/03 Gilles J. Seguin did speaketh:
> I am questionning, why are you using this features.
> Because I do not want to see it used.
> That is, a rpm package that removed one or many other packages
I see nothing in on the page you reference that pertains to this
I'm using the obsoletes feature for what it was intended. In many
cases we've renamed packages, or obsoleted them because their
functionality is provided elsewhere, it obsoletion is necessary to avoid
a file conflict.
> The tag conflict is suppose to do that.
> That is, stop installing a package because of the presence of
> some files or VERSION number.
Depending on why the package was obsoleted, the new package can very
well prevent you from installing the old package, unless you force it.
Take the file conflict example.
If both packages own /foo/bar/bash, you can't install them both
without overriding rpm's default behaviour.
As far as I can tell, the Conflicts tag works identically to the
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