[Dev] RPM installer

Dominig ar Foll (Intel OTC) dominig.arfoll at fridu.net
Tue Oct 28 11:15:23 GMT 2014


José,

your proposition seems sound to me.
Lets give 10 days for potential user to express their use case before 
activating a clean up.

Dominig ar Foll
Senior Software Architect
Open Source Technology Centre
Intel SSG

Le 28/10/2014 11:25, José Bollo a écrit :
> Hi all,
>
> I have a question about the project (or package) rpm-installer.
>
> Is this package needed?
>
> I don't think so and I would frankly be happy to remove it.
>
> Here is why.
>
> a. In multi-user environment, it will be difficult to manage databases
> and dependencies as rpm is expected to manage it. In other words, rpm is
> not well suited for mutli-user environment.
>
> b. The current package is not ready. It needs developments to be WAYLAND
> compatible, headless compatible, multi-user compatible.
>
> c. It is breaking a clean separation between the system (the platform)
> and the the applications. The platform (tizen) is currently based on rpm
> and zypper to create images, install system packages and update the
> system. The applications are installed on top of that system, using a
> framework that improves their reliability (in particular their security)
> based on privileges and features. Privileges and features are not part
> of RPM and will need some modifications to be handled (or to rely on 3rd
> party to be compliant, what is risky).
>
> d. The natives and hybrid applications have to be installed using tizen
> packages (.tpk). It will manage the privileges as expected.
>
> e. For the simplicity, reducing the count installation mechanisms is
> good. Many developers or integrators would be confused by the count of
> possibilities.
>
> f. Removing the rpm installer doesn't prevent integrators to use it. But
> as said in (c), it allow a more clear distinction of the platform and
> the applications.
>
> I would like to get your feedbacks on that topic. Maybe Am I missing
> some important issue. But if an agreement is found, I would like to see
> the rpm-installer removed.
>
> Best regards
> José Bollo
>
> [1] two packages are actually in gerrit:
>   - framework/base/rpm-installer
>   - platform/core/base/rpm-installer
>
>
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