[Linux-PowerEdge] SRPMs / spec files

D. Jared Dominguez Jared_Dominguez at dell.com
Mon Mar 10 13:26:43 CDT 2014

I'm sorry to hear that no one replied. I will pass on your memo to some 
people I know on the OpenManage team so hopefully someone can look into 
your email from January. I still would recommend utilizing your support 
contract (assuming you have one) and contacting ProSupport.

In the meantime, are you able to test what happens when you upgrade from 
OMSA 7.1 to OMSA 7.2 instead of straight from 7.1 to 7.3? I'm not sure 
if upgrades with skipping minor versions are tested (or even with 
skipping major versions).


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 01:19:02PM -0500, Antman, Jason (CMG-Atlanta) wrote:
>Thanks for the reply and clarification.
>My specific issue is that I have a bunch (hundreds) of servers with OMSA 7.1.0
>installed on them via RPM. We use Puppet to manage configuration and package
>installation. If I try to install/upgrade (well Puppet tries, but same thing)
>to 7.3.2, it fails because a bunch of files were moved from srvadmin-omcommon
>to srvadmin-omacs, but the spec files were never updated to reflect this. The
>documentation sats that I can "yum upgrade" to upgrade srvadmin, but this is
>failing if srvadmin-all-7.1.0 is already installed, and I try to upgrade to
>Rathish's suggestion of manually uninstalling and then reinstalling simply
>isn't possible for us - we enforce configuration with Puppet, which installs
>the specified version of a package, there's no way to remove them.
>This should be a *simple* fix to the RPM spec file, of adding the correct
>provides/obsoletes statements in the spec file. Doing this would allow an
>actual update to 7.3, not a remove and reinstall. Since my suggestion of this
>on 1/23 seems to have fallen on deaf ears, I wondered where I could get the RPM
>spec files and source, so I could submit a patch to make the fix. I don't
>really *want* the source to OMSA itself, but the only way for me to make and
>test a change to the spec files would be to have it.
>Is this something that, if I get in touch with my sales rep, they'd know how to
>approach? I have over a hundred servers that I'm unable to update OMSA on (and
>having all sorts of issues with Puppet) all because of what should be a 3-4
>line fix in the spec files...
>On 03/10/2014 12:09 PM, Jared_Dominguez at DELL.com wrote:
>    To my knowledge, no they're not open source. Certainly the software suite
>    is not. I haven't checked the license on each and every spec file, though,
>    and I am not on the OpenManage team. If you have a specific question or
>    issue with OMSA, please speak up. As far as I'm aware, companies generally
>    do not provide the source for their closed source software upon a single
>    request (as much as I personally prefer FLOSS). However, if you are having
>    a specific issue with OMSA, there are Dell people on this list who will do
>    their best to help resolve the issue. Also, I think you may misunderstand.
>    The RPMs are officially supported on RHEL and SLES, not
>    community-supported. It is the debs for Ubuntu/Debian that are currently
>    "community-supported", though you did not inquire about those.
>    --Jared
>    -----Original Message-----
>    From: Antman, Jason (CMG-Atlanta) [Jason.Antman at coxinc.com]
>    Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 06:28 AM Central Standard Time
>    To: linux-poweredge-Lists
>    Subject: Re: [Linux-PowerEdge] SRPMs / spec files
>    Yup, still no response. It seems to me that this is "serial abandonware"
>    - their meaning of "community support" seems to be that they release
>    software, and then ignore the community and users until the next release.
>    I'm going to go through my contacts, LinkedIn, etc. and see if I know of
>    someone sufficiently high up the chain at Dell... we've got 500+ Dell
>    machines in racks, and I'm more than happy putting whatever pressure on
>    Dell that I can. If this isn't a problem they can't solve, fine. But
>    having emails to the "only official support" (i.e. "don't call your
>    vendor or the support line") totally ignored is unacceptable. On the
>    other hand, maybe after this I can finally convince my boss to put in
>    CapEx for evergreening the whole datacenter, and replace every last one
>    of these Dell boxes with energy-efficient HPs. They even officially
>    support Linux, and I've *never* had an email to their Linux mailing
>    lists go unanswered...
>    On 03/04/2014 09:49 AM, Eugene Vilensky wrote:
>    > On Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:45:36 +0000
>    > "Antman, Jason (CMG-Atlanta)" <Jason.Antman at coxinc.com> wrote:
>    >
>    >> I've been looking around on linux.dell.com, but can't find the source
>    >> RPMs or spec files for OMSA. Can someone please point me to them?
>    >>
>    > Are the packaging scripts and specs open-source?
>    >
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Jared Domínguez
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