[slurm-users] Exclude Slurm packages from the EPEL yum repository

Jeffrey T Frey frey at udel.edu
Mon Jan 25 15:35:05 UTC 2021

> ...I would say having SLURM rpms in EPEL could be very helpful for a lot of people.
> I get that this took you by surprise, but that's not a reason to not have them in the repository. I, for one, will happily test if they work for me, and if they do, that means that I can stop having to build them. I agree it's not hard to do, but if I don't have to do it I'll be very happy about that.

There have been plenty of arguments for why having them in EPEL isn't necessarily the best option.  Many open source products (e.g. Postgres, Docker) maintain their own YUM repository online -- probably to exercise greater control over what's published, but also to avoid overlap with mainstream package repositories.  If there is value perceived in having pre-built packages available, then perhaps the best solution for all parties is to publish the packages to a unique repository:  those who want the pre-built packages explicitly configure their YUM to pull from that repository, those who have EPEL configured (which is a LOT of us) don't get overlapping Slurm packages interfering with their local builds.

 Jeffrey T. Frey, Ph.D.
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