On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM, yersinia <yersinia.spiros@gmail.com> wrote:
On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM, John Dennis <jdennis@redhat.com> wrote:
On 09/27/2013 01:08 AM, Christopher Meng wrote:
> Hi,
> I plan to file tickets(bugs) to notify packagers of including INSTALL
> files in RPMs. I think we don't have the needs to ship these files for
> install instructions.
> Any ideas? If all you agree I will start doing it now.

NAK, bad idea

Many INSTALL files contain valuable information potentially beyond just
how to build and install the project. At times it can also be very
helpful to understand how the RPM packaging may have deviated from the
generic instructions or may have applied specific configuration to the
generic installation instructions.

I have seen specific distro README for this, Many packages do something
totally different in different distro. Think to clamav, just for example. 


Excluding that was provided by the package authors seems a very, very bad idea. I'm staring at the "INSTALL" notes with the subversion package, which are very, very good installation notes. They're precisely what a developer needs to understand the number of dependencies they'll be working with, and to try building their own testable version without going through RPM building, which can take *a lot* of time to build the toolchain for.

Instead of excluding useless INSTALL notes, encourage package authors to write much, much better ones like these.