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KT.Linuxcare.com: Linux Distros Making Incompatible Changes To System Tools

Dec 11, 2000, 17:15 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zack Brown)

"Jeff V. Merkey posted a patch to modutils, to make the 'depmod' program compatible with Red Hat's scripts and programs such as Anaconda. In the course of discussion, he explained that his patch changed very little, while the alternative was to change all the hundreds of scripts that required it. David Ford said, "It's still a bad precedent. Anaconda should have been written correctly in the first place." Mohammad A. Haque added, "I'd rather have Anaconda changed rather than special casing standard utils to account for distro handling."

"Elsewhere, Keith Owens (modutils maintainer) said, "I have a big problem with Redhat. They make incompatible changes to utilities, do not feed patches back to maintainers then expect the rest of the world to follow their lead. The -i and -m flags to modutils are not the only example, I recently found IA64 and Sparc patches they had added to modutils code and not bothered to tell me. Other distributors are much better about sending me patches, Debian and SuSe in particular do the right thing." He added, "the "-m -i" patch is unnecessary. Consider this my protest against bad habits by distributors, they created the mess with their lack of communication and they have to fix it."

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