Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 990449
RFE: please add "mergetool" virtual provides
Last modified: 2014-01-02 13:29:00 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #990444 +++
There are some utilities that may require a tool to resolve merge conflicts. I refer to bug #982627 for example.
However, Fedora does not provide any common name which would satisfy the dependency, so the package has to require some exact package that provides appropriate tool.
This is less than optimal, because 1) the user preference for the tool used may be completely different than what the dependency pulls in, 2) the author/packager of the utility must keep track about the tool availability and possible conflicts.
The solution would be to create virtual Provides for each package providing the tool, so that the utility that needs it would require this virtual and not concrete package.
Let me propose "mergetool" as a name of this virtual.
- it is selfexplaining and, in addition, users of git are used to it, as there is "git mergetool" command which calls one of the available tools
- it doesn't seem to conflict with anything existing; the two important occurences are as a part of "PDF Merge Tool" name, which is clearly distinguished by the "pdf" prefix, and "Mergetool.com" as a company which provides its own "Mergetool" software that is strongly unlikely to appear in Fedora, if it deals with Microsoft NAV
I think this bug can be solved easily, I've done this for diffuse package, you can do it, too.
This change has been applied to Rawhide and will be merged with the next updates.