[Rpm-maint] Assorted changes in my rpm branch

James Bowes jbowes at redhat.com
Thu Dec 14 21:28:55 UTC 2006

Paul Nasrat wrote:
>>> It's quite possible that there actually is a good reason to have a lot 
>>> of this stuff in rpm, but I haven't heard it yet. If there are some bits 
>>> that would be useful to rpm.org at large, I'd be happy to massage the 
>>> code to make it easier to grab them.
>> The only bit that I would have left in is lua support, and this is only
>> because it allows working around one annoying bug.  In openSUSE 10.2,
>> lua is used to remove the /usr/lib/X11 and /usr/include/X11 symlinks, so
>> that the fun "rpm can't replace a symlink with a directory" bug does not
>> hit.  Obviously a better solution would be to fix the bug, but is fixed
>> it for now.
> I think lua is discreet enough to be of value moving forward, I think
> the rpmHook mechanism Gustavo introduced to plumb it in is also a really
> good framework to look at dealing with some of the current issues I've
> been facing and want to deal with.
> We're also using lua, although that could be reduced to a library/binary
> call right now for selinux policy stuff.

If both openSUSE and Fedora are using lua, I'd say that's reason enough 
to keep it, eh?

I guess what confused me is that lua seems so uncharacteristic of what 
you'd use on linux.

So maybe instead of yanking it, the idea could be to do up some docs or 
examples of how you can use it effectively and correctly in macros?


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