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Arbitrary Branching


Tooling changes to support the new way of branching for Fedora 27


  • Name: Matt Prahl
  • Email:
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 27
  • Last updated: 2017-05-04
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

To avoid maintaining multiple copies of this information, please read the Arbitrary Branching Focus Document (updated May 3rd, 2017) in the Factory2 space as a substitute for this document:

For further information, view this section of Ralph Bean’s presentation at DevConf:

Benefit to Fedora

See the “Background on PkgDB” and “Why Make This Change?” sections in the Arbitrary Branching Focus document linked above.


  • Proposal owners: Ralph Bean (ralph/threebean) and Matt Prahl (mprahl)
  • Other developers: Pierre-Yves Chibon (pingou) for some of the Pagure enhancements
  • Release engineering: #6775
  • Policies and guidelines: Packaging guidelines would change and would be updated after the changes are implemented in staging.
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Not backwards compatible but not significantly difficult to roll back because all changes will be done in Ansible.

How To Test

  • Request new packages
  • Request new branches with non-standard names (i.e. not f25, f26, etc.) and build with them
  • Request new branches for standard names that are still supported (i.e. f25, f26, epel6, epel7) and build with them
  • Retire a package
  • Orphan a package

User Experience

See the “How To Make This Change?” section in the Arbitrary Branching Focus document linked above.


  • Pagure over dist-git will need to be updated in staging
  • Pagure over dist-git will need to be deployed in production

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Re-enable PkgDB and roll back our script changes in Ansible
  • Contingency deadline: N/A
  • Blocks release? Yes, it blocks Fedora 27 Modularity. They will be filing a Change document in the coming months to describe the F27 structure
  • Blocks product? Fedora 27


Documentation on new processes would be provided at a later date if there is approval on this Change Proposal.

Release Notes