Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 243416
Package should require yelp for its help
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:06 EST
This package uses yelp for its help. Therefore, it should require package yelp for its operation.
[Filed by a script; forgive him if he made a mistake for once.]
All of these bug reports are (most likely) wrong. The package should NOT
require yelp. We went through effort to ensure that yelp is not a requirement
for the desktop.
You should ask yourself: will the package fail to work if yelp is not installed?
If not, do not require yelp.
If you have already committed this fix blindly, I ask that you consider undoing
it so derivative projects can continue using your package without help if they
We have added yelp to the default install via comps so that all installs get
yelp by default unless they specifically ask for it to be removed. We should
honor that. Please undo your changes if you have made them and/or mark this bug
(In reply to comment #1)
> All of these bug reports are (most likely) wrong. The package should NOT
> require yelp. We went through effort to ensure that yelp is not a requirement
> for the desktop.
Do we have any written guidance to maintainers and package reviewers with regard
to this? We have explicit exceptions for BuildRequires in the packaging guidance
but nothing with regard to explicit exceptions for Requires afaik. If yelp is
designed to go missing, then people involved in that design decision need to
provide written guidance to that fact and place it in
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines so as to inform everyone
getting involved as a package maintainer/reviewer has a fair chance of running
across this information. If this isn't made clear in the guidance, we are just
going to keep running into this over and over again as new people walk into the
process looking to "help".
Mass closing all of these mass filed bug reports, as they were wrongly filed, as
explained in comment #1, and as discussed on the mailinglist.