[Rdo-list] Why use yum priority in rdo-release repo file?

Sandro "red" Mathys red at fedoraproject.org
Thu Jun 20 12:15:16 UTC 2013

On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Matthias Runge <mrunge at redhat.com> wrote:

> On 20/06/13 13:50, Sandro "red" Mathys wrote:
> > Great, thanks for the quick reply and the quick fix. Still thinking
> > yum priorities are bad and should be removed completely from RDO
> > (RHOS is a different story) but if only directly openstack related
> > packages remain in the repo, it shouldn't matter anyway. -- Sandro
> >
> Why do you think priorities are bad?

Because they are patronizing the user, relatively hard to overcome and
situations where they seem necessary should be avoided in general.

> They give us the freedom to
> directly steer combinations of packages, thus as overriding packages
> from elsewhere.

As written in the first post in this thread: since RDO strives to always be
(equal to or more likely) ahead of RHEL and EPEL, such an override should
never be necessary. And overriding "packages from _elsewhere_" should not
be considered necessary as no other repos are (nor should they be)

> Please keep in mind, this won't happen that often, but still there might
> be cases where this is desired.

Like in what case? When will RDO ever want an older version of something
than what is in RHEL / EPEL?

The only thing I can possibly come up with right now are the kernel and
other tools where new networking stuff (netns, maybe more) was enabled
ahead of time but I sure hope those changes make it back into RHEL with the
next kernel update there. Or if not, that new RHEL kernels are again
re-built with those patches for RDO as well to avoid security holes.

-- Sandro
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