Planned setup.ini changes for early 2018

Achim Gratz
Sat Jan 13 18:35:00 GMT 2018

Jon Turney writes:
> * De-duplicate source archives
> Source archives which are identical[2] between x86 and x86_64 will be
> moved to paths starting src/ in the release area.

You keep acting like using a new src/ hierarchy was already decided
upon, yet I don't remember it even getting discussed.  So, can we have
that discussion before decision, please?

To repeat, I think a separate src/ hierarchy would be a mistake, given
where we are today, although it has a certain appeal from a greenfield
perspective.  But more to the point, there is nothing special about
source archives (except that they're not architecture specific) that
warrants putting them into their own hierarchy, IMHO.  If they are going
to get moved on deduplication (there are good reasons to move them and
these likely outweight the benefits of just deleting them in one side of
the hierarchy), we already have a place for that and that place is
noarch/.  That keeps everything in working order for folks who for
whatever reason mirror the repository, even if the only mirror one
architecture.  If we also agree to actually move the files from a
specific architecture branch to noarch/, any mirror operator can
pre-populate the noarch/ hierarchy in order to minimize the amount of
data to get synchronized (I suggest using x86_64).

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