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From: "Athos Ribeiro" <athoscribeiro(a)gmail.com>
To: "Development discussions related to Fedora"
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 11:14:51 PM
Subject: Re: Golang SIG for Fedora
On Thu, Aug 02, 2018 at 02:45:54PM -0500, Michael Cronenworth wrote:
> On 07/27/2018 08:28 AM, Jakub Cajka wrote:
> > There are few big outstanding issues that needs to be solved that need
> > more than individual work, most notably the Go packaging guidelines
> > and tooling. I think that should be one of the first tasks for the
> > SIG.
> I'm not looking to join the SIG, but I will share my experience with golang
> in Fedora.
> It appears that packages are being dumped into Fedora and forgotten about.
> I'm trying to package "Packer" and ran into multiple dependencies
> were committed once and never updated. This has to change.
In my experience, the tough parts about these dependencies that got
forgot about are:
1) they are only dependencies, nobody uses them for anything else;
Afaik this only reason that we have so many golang-* package they are "only
de-bundled dependencies" for other golang base packages they are not meant to be used
as devel packages(for developing application for Fedora). One solution to this would be
going back to the bundling which is IMHO much worse. For the record not all packages are
debundled, though. Maybe other solution might be if we will be able to drive more people
to do the Go packaging, because I don't believe that packagers with 100s of packages
will baby sit each of them, they will thereat them more as cattle only looking at then
when it is really necessary. Maybe the best solution would be to continue with work that
jchaloup has started making the Go packaging in Fedora mostly automated.
2) many of them are not versioned upstream (we just have references
Afaik also commonly not maintaining API stability...
3) different applications that depend on them may need different
revisions of them.
while solving 3 is part of our duty as packagers (making sure to port the
dependencies to use the latest versions of their dependencies), 2 seems
to be quite common in the golang community...
Hopefully with upstream work on vgo and other dependency managers will be improvement for
> Athos Ribeiro
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