"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
"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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