question about package conflicts

Dave Peterson dave_peterson at
Thu Feb 12 02:30:58 UTC 2009

> On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 15:40 -0800, Dave Peterson wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have a question about RPM package conflicts: Does RPM
> > view two packages as being in conflict whenever both
> > packages provide a file with the exact same pathname?
> > 
> It's a bit complicated.
> 1. if the checksums of the files are identical then it is not 
> a conflict
> 2. if the checksums of the files are NOT identical, but they are
> binaries (elf) then if the two owning packages are of different (but
> compatible) colors then there is not a conflict. 
> I think that's the majority of the file conflict behavior but I'm sure
> there are things I've missed.

I'm not familiar with the concept of package colors.  What are

Also, it looks like the comparison is influenced by the color
bits and preferred file color associated with a transaction
set.  What are these?


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