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Bug 269906 - repoman metadata.xml validation doesn't match documented behaviour
Summary: repoman metadata.xml validation doesn't match documented behaviour
Alias: None
Product: Portage Development
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Repoman (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Portage team
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-05-15 05:21 UTC by Ryan Hill (RETIRED)
Modified: 2017-03-16 00:21 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Ryan Hill (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-05-15 05:21:32 UTC
I'm not really sure who to assign this to - either repoman isn't following the docs, or the docs are wrong.

Both the Herds project page [1] and the Developer Handbook [2] say:

<pkgmetadata> This is the root element of the metadata.xml file for packages. It has no attributes. Its required subtag is: <herd>. Furthermore, the following subtags are allowed: <email> for a general herd email address, <maintainer>, <longdescription>, <use>, and <upstream>.

But the repoman validation fails when <email> is a subtag of <pkgmetadata>.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE pkgmetadata SYSTEM "">

RepoMan scours the neighborhood...                                                                                                          
!!! metadata.xml is invalid:                                                                                                                
!!! I/O error : Attempt to load network entity                                                       
!!! /home/dirtyepic/cvs/gentoo-x86/app-text/sword/metadata.xml:2: warning: failed to load external entity ""                                                                                                                                      
!!! <!DOCTYPE pkgmetadata SYSTEM "">                                                                  
!!!                                                                       ^                                                                 
!!! /home/dirtyepic/cvs/gentoo-x86/app-text/sword/metadata.xml:3: element pkgmetadata: validity error : Element pkgmetadata content does not follow the DTD, expecting (herd | maintainer | longdescription | use | upstream)*, got (herd email )                                       
!!! Document /home/dirtyepic/cvs/gentoo-x86/app-text/sword/metadata.xml does not validate against /usr/portage/distfiles/metadata.dtd

Wrapping <email> inside <maintainer> works as advertised, but the docs say this is supposed to be used when a package has a different maintainer than the listed herd, not for the general herd address.

Comment 1 nm (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-05-15 07:09:12 UTC
CCing the doc maintainers; they can sort out what needs to be changed.
Comment 2 Petteri Räty (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-12-26 09:48:58 UTC

repoman should check the value for <herd> against herds listed in herds.xml
Comment 3 Petteri Räty (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-12-26 09:49:45 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> repoman should check the value for <herd> against herds listed in herds.xml

thought I was in a tab inputting a new bug :(
Comment 4 Zac Medico gentoo-dev 2012-09-09 04:30:03 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> xml
> repoman should check the value for <herd> against herds listed in herds.xml

We've had a herds check since portage-2.1.9:;a=commit;h=7c11c8ec5f568984ee720fc677959f9d2c9dfd32
Comment 5 Ryan Hill (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-09-09 06:37:30 UTC
That comment was unrelated to this bug.
Comment 6 Brian Dolbec gentoo-dev 2017-03-16 00:21:48 UTC
Is this still a problem with the new split repoman pkg?

Herds are no longer, not sure this is still releveant, closing, re-open if it is.