API Changes



This document describes the API changes the library users should be aware of before upgrading to each respective version. It is our plan to have the amount of changes requiring changing the client code go to a minimum after the library hits the 1.0.0 version.

Depracated API items (classes, methods, etc.) are designated as such in this document. The first release where support for such items can be dropped entirely must be issued at least five months after the issue of the release that announced the deprecation and at the same time have, relatively to the deprecating release, either:

  • a higher major version number, or
  • a higher minor version number, or
  • a patchlevel number that is by at least five greater.

These criteria are likely to tighten in the future as hawkey matures.

Actual changes in the API are then announced in this document as well. ABI changes including changes in functions’ parameter counts or types or removal of public symbols from libhawkey imply an increase in the library’s SONAME version.

Changes in 0.2.10

Python bindings

Query.filter() now returns a new instance of Query, the same as the original with the new filtering applied. This allows for greater flexibility handling the Query objects and resembles the way QuerySets behave in Django.

In practice the following code will stop working as expected:

q = hawkey.Query(self.sack)
# processing the query ...

It needs to be changed to:

q = hawkey.Query(self.sack)
q = q.filter(name__eq="flying")
# processing the query ...

The original semantics is now available via the Query.filterm() method, so the following will also work:

q = hawkey.Query(self.sack)
# processing the query ...

Changes in 0.2.11

Python bindings

In Python’s Package instances accessors for string attributes now return None instead of the empty string if the attribute is missing (for instance a pkg.sourcerpm now returns None if pkg is a source rpm package already).

This change is towards a more conventional Python practice. Also, this leaves the empty string return value free to be used when it is actually the case.

Changes in 0.3.0


Query: key for reponame filtering

The Query key value used for filtering by the repo name is HY_PKG_REPONAME now (was HY_PKG_REPO). The old value was misleading.

Repo initialization

hy_repo_create() for Repo object initialization now needs to be passed a name of the repository.

Query installs obsoleted

All Goal methods accepting Query as the means of selecting packages, such as hy_goal_install_query() have been replaced with their Selector counterparts. Selector structures have been introduced for the particular purpose of specifying a package that best matches the given criteria and at the same time is suitable for installation. For a discussion of this decision see Selectors are not Queries.

Python bindings

Query: filtering by repository with the reponame key

Similar change happened in Python, the following constructs:

q = q.filter(repo="updates")

need to be changed to:

q = q.filter(reponame="updates")

The old version of this didn’t allow using the same string to both construct the query and dynamically get the reponame attribute from the returned packages (used e.g. in DNF to search by user-specified criteria).

Package: removed methods for direct EVR comparison

The following will no longer work:

if pkg.evr_eq(some_other_pkg):

Instead use the result of pkg.evr_cmp, for instance:

if pkg.evr_cmp(some_other_pkg) == 0:

This function compares only the EVR part of a package, not the name. Since it rarely make sense to compare versions of packages of different names, the following is suggested:

if pkg == some_other_pkg:

Repo initialization

All instantiations of hawkey.Repo now must be given the name of the Repo. The following will now fail:

r = hawkey.Repo()
r.name = "fedora"

Use this instead:

r = hawkey.Repo("fedora")

Query installs obsoleted

See Query installs obsoleted in the C section. In Python Queries will no longer work as goal target specifiers, the following will fail:

q = hawkey.Query(sack)

Instead use:

sltr = hawkey.Selector(sack)

Or a convenience notation:


Changes in 0.3.1

Query: hy_query_filter_package_in() takes a new parameter

keyname parameter was added to the function signature. The new parameter allows filtering by a specific relation to the resulting packages, for instance:

hy_query_filter_package_in(q, HY_PKG_OBSOLETES, HY_EQ, pset)

only leaves the packages obsoleting a package in pset a part of the result.

Removed hy_query_filter_obsoleting()

The new version of hy_query_filter_package_in() handles this now, see above.

In Python, the following is no longer supported:

q = query.filter(obsoleting=1)

The equivalent new syntax is:

installed = hawkey.Query(sack).filter(reponame=SYSTEM_REPO_NAME)
q = query.filter(obsoletes=installed)

Changes in 0.3.2

Removed hy_packagelist_of_obsoletes.

The function was not systematic. Same result is achieved by obtaining obsoleting reldeps from a package and then trying to find the installed packages that provide it. In Python:

q = hawkey.Query(sack).filter(reponame=SYSTEM_REPO_NAME, provides=pkg.obsoletes)

Changes in 0.3.3

Renamed hy_package_get_nvra to hy_package_get_nevra

The old name was by error, the functionality has not changed: this function has always returned the full NEVRA, skipping the epoch part when it’s 0.

Changes in 0.3.4

Python bindings

pkg.__repr__() is more verbose now

Previously, repr(pkg) would yield for instance <_hawkey.Package object, id: 5>. Now more complete information is present, including the package’s NEVRA and repository: <hawkey.Package object id 5, foo-2-9\.noarch, @System>.

Also notice that the representation now mentions the final hawkey.Package type, not _hawkey.Package. Note that these are currently the same.

Changes in 0.3.8


New parameter rootdir to hy_sack_create()

hy_sack_create() now accepts third argument, rootdir. This can be used to tell Hawkey that we are intending to do transactions in a changeroot, not in the current root. It effectively makes use of the RPM database found under rootdir. To make your code compile in 0.3.8 without changing functionality, change:

HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch);


HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch, NULL);

Python bindings

Forms recognized by Subject are no longer an instance-scope setting

It became necessary to differentiate between the default forms used by subject.nevra_possibilities() and subject.nevra_possibilities_real(). Therefore there is little sense in setting the default form for an entire Subject instance. The following code:

subj = hawkey.Subject("input", form=hawkey.FORM_NEVRA)
result = list(subj.nevra_possibilities())

is thus replaced by:

subj = hawkey.Subject("input")
result = list(subj.nevra_possibilities(form=hawkey.FORM_NEVRA))

Changes in 0.3.9


Flags for hy_sack_create

hy_sack_create() now accepts fourth argument, flags, introduced to modify the sack behavior with boolean flags. Currently only one flag is supported, HY_MAKE_CACHE_DIR, which causes the cache directory to be created if it doesn’t exist yet. To preserve the previous behavior, change the following:

HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch, rootdir);


HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch, rootdir, HY_MAKE_CACHE_DIR);

hy_sack_get_cache_path is renamed to hy_sack_get_cache_dir

Update your code by mechanically replacing the name.

Python bindings

make_cache_dir for Sack’s constructor

A new sack by default no longer automatically creates the cache directory. To get the old behavior, append make_cache_dir=True to the Sack.__init__() arguments, that is change the following:

sack = hawkey.Sack(...)


sack = hawkey.Sack(..., make_cache_dir=True)

cache_path property of Sack renamed to cache_dir

Reflects the similar change in C API.

Changes in 0.3.11


hy_goal_package_obsoletes() removed, hy_goal_list_obsoleted_by_package() provided instead

hy_goal_package_obsoletes() was flawed in that it only returned a single obsoleted package (in general, package can obsolete arbitrary number of packages and upgrade a package of the same name which is also reported as an obsolete). Use hy_goal_list_obsoleted_by_package() instead, to see the complete set of packages that inclusion of the given package in an RPM transaction will cause to be removed.

hy_goal_list_erasures() does not report obsoletes

In other words, hy_goal_list_erasures() and hy_goal_list_obsoleted() return disjoint sets.

Python bindings

Directly reflecting the core changes. In particular, instead of:

obsoleted_pkg = goal.package_obsoletes(pkg)


obsoleted = goal.obsoleted_by_package(pkg) # list
obsoleted_pkg = obsoleted[0]

Changes in 0.4.5


Query: hy_query_filter_latest() now filter latest packages ignoring architecture

For old function behavior use new function hy_query_filter_latest_per_arch()

Python bindings

In Python’s Query option latest in Query.filter() now filter only the latest packages ignoring architecture. The original semantics for filtering latest packages for each arch is now available via latest_per_arch option.

For example there are these packages in sack:


>>> q = hawkey.Query(self.sack).filter(name="glibc")
>>> map(str, q.filter(latest=True))

>>> map(str, q.filter(latest_per_arch=True))
['glibc-2.17-4.fc19.x86_64', 'glibc-2.16-24.fc18.i686']

Changes in 0.4.13


Deprecated hy_package_get_update_*

The functions were deprecated because there can be multiple advisories referring to a single package. Please use the new function hy_package_get_advisories() which returns all these advisories. New functions hy_advisory_get_* provide the data retrieved by the deprecated functions.

The only exception is the hy_package_get_update_severity() which will be dropped without any replacement. However advisory types and severity levels are distinguished from now and the type is accessible via hy_advisory_get_type(). Thus enum HyUpdateSeverity was also deprecated. A new HyAdvisoryType should be used instead.

The old functions will be dropped after 2014-07-07.

Changes in 0.4.15


hy_goal_write_debugdata() takes a directory parameter

hy_goal_write_debugdata() has a new const char *dir argument to communicate the target directory for the debugging data. The old call:


should be changed to achieve the same behavior to:

hy_goal_write_debugdata(goal, "./debugdata");

Python bindings

Package: string attributes are represented by Unicode object

Attributes baseurl, location, sourcerpm, version, release, name, arch, description, evr, license, packager, reponame, summary and url of Package object return Unicode string.

Changes in 0.4.18


Deprecated hy_advisory_get_filenames

The function was deprecated because we need more information about packages listed in an advisory than just file names. Please use the new function hy_advisory_get_packages() in combination with hy_advisorypkg_get_string() to obtain the data originally provided by the deprecated function.

The old function will be dropped after 2014-10-15 AND no sooner than in 0.4.21.

Python bindings

Repo() does not accept cost keyword argument

Instead of:

r = hawkey.Repo('name', cost=30)


r = hawkey.Repo('name')
r.cost = 30

Also previously when no cost was given it defaulted to 1000. Now the default is 0. Both these aspects were present by mistake and the new interface is consistent with the C library.

Deprecated _hawkey.Advisory.filenames

The attribute was deprecated because the underlying C function was also deprecated. Please use the new attribute packages and the attribute filename of the returned objects to obtain the data originally provided by the deprecated attribute.

The old attribute will be dropped after 2014-10-15 AND no sooner than in 0.4.21.

Changes in 0.4.19

Python bindings

Advisory attributes in Unicode

All string attributes of Advisory and AdvisoryRef objects (except the deprecated filenames attribute) are Unicode objects now.

Changes in 0.5.2


hy_chksum_str returns NULL

Previously, the function hy_chksum_str would cause a segmentation fault when it was used with incorrect type value. Now it correctly returns NULL if type parameter does not correspond to any of expected values.

Changes in 0.5.3


New parameter logfile to hy_sack_create()

hy_sack_create() now accepts fifth argument, logfile to customize log file path. If NULL parameter as logfile is given, then all debug records are written to hawkey.log in cachedir. To make your code compile in 0.5.3 without changing functionality, change:

HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch, rootdir, 0);


HySack sack = hy_sack_create(cachedir, arch, rootdir, NULL, 0);

Deprecated hy_create_cmdline_repo()

The function will be removed since hy_add_cmdline_package creates cmdline repository automatically.

The function will be dropped after 2015-06-23 AND no sooner than in 0.5.8.

Python bindings

New optional parameter logfile to Sack constructor

This addition lets user specify log file path from Sack.__init__()

cache_path property of Sack renamed to cache_dir

This change was already announced but it actually never happened.

Deprecated Sack method create_cmdline_repo()

The method will be removed since Sack.add_cmdline_package() creates cmdline repository automatically.

The method will be dropped after 2015-06-23 AND no sooner than in 0.5.8.

Changes in 0.5.4

Python bindings

Goal: install() takes a new optional parameter

If the optional parameter is set to True, hawkey silently skips packages that can not be installed.

Changes in 0.5.5


Renamed hy_sack_load_yum_repo to hy_sack_load_repo

Hawkey is package manager agnostic and the yum phrase could be misleading.

The function will be dropped after 2015-10-27 AND no sooner than in 0.5.8.

Python bindings

Sack method load_yum_repo has been renamed to Sack.load_repo()

Hawkey is package manager agnostic and the yum phrase could be misleading.

The method will be dropped after 2015-10-27 AND no sooner than in 0.5.8.

Changes in 0.5.9


Deprecated hy_goal_req_has_distupgrade(), hy_goal_req_has_erase() and hy_goal_req_has_upgrade() functions

To make your code compile in 0.5.9 without changing functionality, change:



hy_goal_has_actions(goal, HY_DISTUPGRADE_ALL)
hy_goal_has_actions(goal, HY_ERASE)
hy_goal_has_actions(goal, HY_UPGRADE_ALL)


Python bindings

Deprecated Goal methods Goal.req_has_distupgrade_all(), Goal.req_has_erase() and Goal.req_has_upgrade_all()

To make your code compatible with hawkey 0.5.9 without changing functionality, change:



goal.actions | hawkey.DISTUPGRADE_ALL
goal.actions | hawkey.ERASE
goal.actions | hawkey.UPGRADE_ALL


Changes in 0.6.2


The hy_advisory_get_filenames() API call, the corresponding Python property filenames of class Advisory are removed. Instead, iterate over hy_advisory_get_packages() with hy_advisorypkg_get_string() and HY_ADVISORYPKG_FILENAME. No known hawkey API consumers were using this call.

Hawkey now has a dependency on GLib. Aside from the above hy_advisory_get_filenames() call, the Python API is fully preserved. The C API has minor changes, but the goal is to avoid causing a significant amount of porting work for existing consumers.

The hy_package_get_files API call now returns a char **, allocated via g_malloc. Free with g_strfreev.

The HyStringArray type is removed, as nothing now uses it.

HyPackageList is now just a GPtrArray, though the existing API is converted into wrappers. Notably, this means you can now use g_ptr_array_unref().

Python bindings

Aside from the one change below, the Python bindings should be unaffected by the C API changes.