[Rpm-maint] Conflicts on files not symmetric

Pixel pixel at mandriva.com
Fri Sep 19 11:36:39 UTC 2008

Michael Schroeder <mls at suse.de> writes:

> Package A contains /foo
> Package B has "Conflicts: /foo"

Since repository metadata can't possibly contain this [*], 
Mandriva has chosen to get rid of file requires/conflicts, unless
explicitly provided. eg:

% rpm -q --provides bash | grep '^/'

which is helpful for backward compatibility (esp. for find-requires).

As for file conflicts, Mandriva policy is to add explicit conflicts.

More generally, on this subject, Mandriva would vote for doing it the
deb way...

[*] can be done with 2 passes when building metadata, but it doesn't
scale across repositories.

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