Weird packaging policies (Was: [users] Circular obsoletes between Dries and FE6 rrdtool Perl bindings)

Wil Cooley wcooley at
Wed Dec 6 17:06:06 CET 2006

On Wed, 2006-12-06 at 10:28 -0500, Steve Huff wrote:
> On Dec 6, 2006, at 10:16 AM, Dag Wieers wrote:
> >> Can FC please remove the package version numbers from the  
> >> directories in
> >> /usr/share/doc and have a policy that each package should have a  
> >> directory in
> >> /usr/share/doc?  Using this directory has been used so seldom that  
> >> I rarely
> >> even look there anymore on RH based systems now.
> >
> > That would be a nice suggestion to make as well, especially because  
> > the
> > version number makes it impossible to have persistent links from eg.
> > documentation and websites.
> alternately, in %post do a 'ln -s %{_defaultdocdir}/%{name}-% 
> {version} %{_defaultdocdir}/%{name}'?  that way anything that depends  
> on the previous behavior will remain the same, but there will also be  
> a persistent link to the latest version of the package documentation.

This is probably the most feasible solution.  RH has had version numbers
in doc/ since the beginning and I cannot imagine it will change.  I bet
there's even a Bugzilla item for it...

Wil Cooley <wcooley at>
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