--- Comment #7 from Denis Arnaud <denis.arnaud_fedora(a)m4x.org> ---
Boost is particular, as it is a core package in RedHat (RHEL). As seen on the
Fedora source code for Boost
), there is therefore
no branch for EPEL. The current version of Boost for RHEL is 1.53, and supports
only Python 2. And Fedora packagers have no control on that Boost package for
So, the idea is to bring more recent versions of Boost to RHEL/EPEL, IN
PARALLEL to the currently RedHat-supported version of Boost. The "mainstream"
Boost package is named "boost", and the additional parallel versions are named
"boost1NN" (e.g., boost148 on EPEL 6, boost159 on EPEL 7), much like you can
install "python34" in addition/parallel to python/python2 on EPEL 7.
So, the naming without dot (boost169) is consistent with other such packages
And, yes, we need a review request, as those specific Boost packages have to be
added to the Fedora source code (such as
References for other such review requests in the past are:
* Review request for Boost-1.59 on EPEL 7:
* Review request for Boost-1.57 on EPEL 6 and 7:
* Review request for Boost-1.48 on EPEL 5 and 6:
* Review request for Boost-1.41 on EPEL 5:
The particularity with Boost-1.69 on EPEL is that it allows the packages
depending on it to support Python 3. Indeed, currently in EPEL, if you have a
package depending on Boost (there a few hundreds of such packages today), you
cannot support Python 3, as only Python 2 is supported by the current version
of Boost (1.53) on RHEL/EPEL. Hence, that Boost 1.69 package brings Python 3
support to packages depending on Boost in RHEL/EPEL.
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