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Bug 58941 - Why does rpm think new libxml packages is older?
Why does rpm think new libxml packages is older?
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: libxml (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Daniel Veillard
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2002-01-28 08:17 EST by Jonathan Kamens
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:39 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-03-14 17:35:40 EST
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Description Jonathan Kamens 2002-01-28 08:17:19 EST
jik:/usr/src/packages/new!351> rpm -U --test libxml-1.8.17-1.i386.rpm 
package libxml-1.8.16-3 (which is newer than libxml-1.8.17-1) is already
Comment 1 Daniel Veillard 2002-01-28 08:39:40 EST
Because I forgot to set the Epoch (this thing drives me nuts !).

Comment 2 Rick Jenkins 2002-03-14 17:35:36 EST
rpm isn't the only package to be fooled.

A number of gnome packages rely on gnome-config to report their version number.
For most packages, gnome-config in turn calls /usr/lib/<LIBRARY>Conf.sh to
obtain the information. These latter scripts typically return a literal string

In at least the  libxml-1.8.17-2.i386.rpm, libgnomeprint15-0.30-4.i386.rpm, and
libole2-0.2.4-2.i386.rpm packages from RedHat, and I suspect in others, the
<LIBRARY>Conf.sh has been omitted. After installing the package, gnome-config
continues to report the older version which has been upgraded.

I'm beginning to think that the version information resides in too many places.
Keeping them synchronised has become too difficult. We need exactly one 
standardised way to report version numbers, built right into the code so that it
can't be spoofed.

Comment 3 Daniel Veillard 2002-08-29 05:46:45 EDT
Gnome config is for compilation issues. The epoch and rpm versionning
are at the binary package level. They are different issues.
Anyway libxml is getting deprecated, libxml2 is the package to use.
I don't expect to make any new libxml (version 1) release at this
point so the problem should vanish by itself,


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