Bug 1265475 - [rfe] Implement a plugin for matching packages across distros to host distro
[rfe] Implement a plugin for matching packages across distros to host distro
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dnf-plugins-extras (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: rpm-software-management
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-09-22 23:28 EDT by Neal Gompa
Modified: 2018-05-29 11:05 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-07-19 16:14:11 EDT
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Mageia 21859 None None None 2017-10-14 07:00 EDT

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Description Neal Gompa 2015-09-22 23:28:52 EDT
Description of problem:
An unfortunate reality of the current landscape is that a lot of Linux applications are given with instructions for pulling dependencies or whatnot to build it in the form of apt instructions for Debian packages. Some even offer it in more esoteric distributions, which makes things tricky.

Suggested solution:
There's a such thing as AppStream distromatch[1], which intends to provide a mechanism to remap packages from any distribution to the host distribution's equivalent. A DNF plugin that utilizes this data to allow people to query and install packages using the names of other distribution packages would greatly simplify things. It doesn't make it perfect, but it would be better than now (which is manually searching for everything).

For example: "dnf distromatch --distro=ubuntu install libbz2-dev" should trigger an install of "bzip2-devel", which is our equivalent to that package. Likewise, if someone does "dnf distromatch --distro=mageia install lib64openssl1.0.0" should install "openssl-libs" on Fedora. It may also make sense to include support for the full suite of common actions through it (remove, search, etc.).

[1]: https://gitlab.com/appstream/distromatch

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
dnf-1.1.2, dnf-plugins-core-0.1.12, dnf-plugins-extras-0.0.9
Comment 1 Michal Luscon 2015-09-30 05:11:57 EDT
It sounds like very useful plugin.
Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 16:14:11 EDT
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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Comment 3 Neal Gompa 2017-10-14 06:56:32 EDT
Reopened and restored state as this was a feature request...

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