How to remove a package at end of life

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When a package reaches the end of its useful life, the following procedure will let other people -- and automated processes! -- know both not to expect any more releases, and why it was removed.  The process is simple.
 
When a package reaches the end of its useful life, the following procedure will let other people -- and automated processes! -- know both not to expect any more releases, and why it was removed.  The process is simple.
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== Procedure ==
  
 
Please execute the following steps in the order indicated.
 
Please execute the following steps in the order indicated.
  
 
# Make sure the package is properly Obsoleted/Provided by something '''if''' it is being replaced, see [[Packaging:Guidelines#Renaming.2FReplacing_Existing_Packages|Renaming/Replacing Guidelines]]. If not, go on to the next step.
 
# Make sure the package is properly Obsoleted/Provided by something '''if''' it is being replaced, see [[Packaging:Guidelines#Renaming.2FReplacing_Existing_Packages|Renaming/Replacing Guidelines]]. If not, go on to the next step.
# Run <code>fedpkg retire MSG</code>. This will recursively remove all files, then add a <code>dead.package</code> file to git.  Do it for all affected package branches (usually <code>master</code> only, but also the branched release if it has not yet released). The MSG parameter is a message which should briefly explain where this package went ('Obsolete package', 'Renamed to bar' or the like) and will be written in the dead.package file.
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# Run <code>fedpkg retire MSG</code>. This will recursively remove all files, then add a <code>dead.package</code> file to git.  This should be done for <code>master</code> and sometimes the branched release if it has not yet released ('''Do not''' do this for released Fedora versions as there's no way to remove the package from end-user's systems) . The MSG parameter is a message which should briefly explain where this package went ('Obsolete package', 'Renamed to bar' or the like) and will be written in the dead.package file.
 
# <code>git rm</code> all files in the other branches '''only if''' there are special factors at work, like licensing issues, or package being removed completely from Fedora.
 
# <code>git rm</code> all files in the other branches '''only if''' there are special factors at work, like licensing issues, or package being removed completely from Fedora.
 
# Remove the package from [[How_to_use_and_edit_comps.xml_for_package_groups| comps]]  if it is listed.
 
# Remove the package from [[How_to_use_and_edit_comps.xml_for_package_groups| comps]]  if it is listed.
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# Do '''not''' execute this step if you have not already completed steps 2 and 3, otherwise you will have to ask a [[Provenpackager policy|provenpackager]] to perform those steps for you. Mark the package as "retired" in [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb the package database system]: log in with your FAS credentials, go to the page for your package, and click the '''Retire package''' button for each branch on which you are retiring the package.
 
# Do '''not''' execute this step if you have not already completed steps 2 and 3, otherwise you will have to ask a [[Provenpackager policy|provenpackager]] to perform those steps for you. Mark the package as "retired" in [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb the package database system]: log in with your FAS credentials, go to the page for your package, and click the '''Retire package''' button for each branch on which you are retiring the package.
 
# If the package was registered on [[Upstream_release_monitoring]], remove it from that page
 
# If the package was registered on [[Upstream_release_monitoring]], remove it from that page
# File a [https://fedorahosted.org/rel-eng/newticket ticket] for rel-eng (component koji) asking the package to be blocked from the appropriate collections in which it is retired.
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# File a [https://fedorahosted.org/rel-eng/newticket ticket] for rel-eng (component <code>koji</code>) asking the package to be blocked from the appropriate collections in which it is retired.
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== EPEL ==
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Note that you can use this process for EPEL as well with a few differences:
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* You can remove the package from any EPEL branch whether or not it has been released.
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* The component for the rel-eng ticket is <code>epel</code> rather than <code>koji</code>.
  
Note that you can use this process for specific EPEL branches as well, for example if your package has been added to base RHEL. Just do the steps only on/refering to the specific branch (eg, el6)
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For example, if your package has been added to base RHEL in RHEL-6.4 then perform the steps above but use the <code>el6</code> branch instead of <code>master</code>.  When you open your rel-eng ticket to have the package blocked, use component <code>epel</code> instead of <code>koji</code>.

Revision as of 21:19, 30 April 2013

When a package reaches the end of its useful life, the following procedure will let other people -- and automated processes! -- know both not to expect any more releases, and why it was removed. The process is simple.

Procedure

Please execute the following steps in the order indicated.

  1. Make sure the package is properly Obsoleted/Provided by something if it is being replaced, see Renaming/Replacing Guidelines. If not, go on to the next step.
  2. Run fedpkg retire MSG. This will recursively remove all files, then add a dead.package file to git. This should be done for master and sometimes the branched release if it has not yet released (Do not do this for released Fedora versions as there's no way to remove the package from end-user's systems) . The MSG parameter is a message which should briefly explain where this package went ('Obsolete package', 'Renamed to bar' or the like) and will be written in the dead.package file.
  3. git rm all files in the other branches only if there are special factors at work, like licensing issues, or package being removed completely from Fedora.
  4. Remove the package from comps if it is listed.
  5. Check for and remove the package from any spins kickstarts files: http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/spin-kickstarts.git
  6. Do not execute this step if you have not already completed steps 2 and 3, otherwise you will have to ask a provenpackager to perform those steps for you. Mark the package as "retired" in the package database system: log in with your FAS credentials, go to the page for your package, and click the Retire package button for each branch on which you are retiring the package.
  7. If the package was registered on Upstream_release_monitoring, remove it from that page
  8. File a ticket for rel-eng (component koji) asking the package to be blocked from the appropriate collections in which it is retired.

EPEL

Note that you can use this process for EPEL as well with a few differences:

  • You can remove the package from any EPEL branch whether or not it has been released.
  • The component for the rel-eng ticket is epel rather than koji.

For example, if your package has been added to base RHEL in RHEL-6.4 then perform the steps above but use the el6 branch instead of master. When you open your rel-eng ticket to have the package blocked, use component epel instead of koji.