In the 8.8 stable series, we compiled external dependencies and included them in the condor-externals package.
In the 9.0 series, we have switched to using externals provided by the OS (or EPEL) repository. This is the way the HTCondor is packaged, if you get HTCondor from Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, and OSG. There was extra maintenance for use compiling these external packages and sometimes it lead to incompatibilities with the OS versions.
The only reason that we still have an empty condor-externals package, is to help the yum dependency solver find the proper blahp package.
These dependencies are included so that you get essentially the same set of capabilities as the original 8.8 condor-externals package. So, yes, blahp was always packaged with HTCondor in the past, it just wasn't very noticeable.
I am trying to upgrade condor and htcondor-ce from 8.8 stable yum repository to 9.0
I found new dependencies installed during this update.
In particular, blahp, condor-externals and condor-boinc packages are installed which was not installed previously (only condor, condor-classads, condor-external-libs, condor-procd was installed).
blahp which was part of condor-externals-8.8.13-1.el7 is now dependency of main condor-9.0.0-1.el7 package but empty package condor-externals-9.0.0-1.el7 do not have any dependencies
Were these new dependencies added on purpose?
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