Bug 1463749 - powerpc-utils pulls Perl into the base-runtime on ppc64[le] systems
powerpc-utils pulls Perl into the base-runtime on ppc64[le] systems
Status: NEW
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: powerpc-utils (Show other bugs)
ppc64 Linux
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Assigned To: Vasant Hegde
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: PPCTracker
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Reported: 2017-06-21 12:07 EDT by Stephen Gallagher
Modified: 2017-06-26 16:30 EDT (History)
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Description Stephen Gallagher 2017-06-21 12:07:06 EDT
Description of problem:
The Fedora base-runtime includes ppc64-utils because it is apparently needed to boot a ppc64 or ppc64le system to Fedora. (I say apparently, because we are mostly trusting that the Fedora lorax template[1] is correct, which lists it)

However, ppc64-utils requires powerpc-utils which includes a dependency on Perl to support /sbin/rtas_dump and /sbin/hvcsadmin. We do not want to pull Perl into the base-runtime (because we would have to maintain it with the base-runtime's lifecycle).

It's possible that these utilities are not in fact needed for installation or booting, in which case we'll just drop them from the base-runtime. However, if they are needed (such as during initramfs creation or something), we need to figure out if we can split out those two executables into a subpackage to avoid pulling in Perl.

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[1] https://github.com/rhinstaller/lorax/blob/master/share/templates.d/99-generic/runtime-install.tmpl

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