wounded in the line of duty
Let me translate what you've said another way:
"My ideas are not agreed with by the upstream maintainers and they do not do everything I want, when I want it done, that must mean their unresponsive and dumb."
Another way of thinking about it is that they might just not agree with you.
Has it occurred to you that two people can disagree about something without either of them actually being wrong?
Now, about your claims above:
1. the output is also to help the user be able to debug their own problems when things go wrong.
2. the metadata is not, to my knowledge, fragmented at all. There are multiple additional metadata files that are added but the primary/filelists/otherdata files are all the same in all implementations I've seen.
3. The 'already installed' line has been added to the default output in yum 3.2.7 and above
4. yum-arch was removed from yum b/c it confused more people than it helped. They didn't understand that it no longer made the metadata that the version of yum they downloaded used. yum-arch, at least in fedora, is in a separate package. That package should be trivially built on el3 and el4. Not sure about el2 I haven't built anything there in a long time.
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