[CentOS-devel] possible default changes to yum.conf

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Sat Dec 23 20:42:50 UTC 2006


All,

What do people think about modifying the default yum.conf file to
contain the following:

plugins=1

This is an essential setting if people want to install the 2 "extras"
plugins yum-plugin-fastestmirror and yum-plugin-priorities (both of
which I highly recommend).

CentOS currently ships with no plugins setting yum.conf, and the default
is 0.  If installing plugins, this setting must be manually added to
yum.conf.

This is documented in the readme's for the plugins, in the "installing
software with yum" guide in CentOS Docs, and on the CentOS wiki ...
however people still mess up their machines because they install the
plugins, do not set the setting, and do upgrades.

There are no plans to ship any plugins in the default CentOS-4, however
I think it would be good to turn on the "plugins=1" setting by default.
That way when people install plugins, they will work without requiring
mods to yum.conf. I think that is what most users expect, as it has been
the default in Fedora Core since at least FC3 and it is the default in
RHEL 5 beta 2.

What does everyone else think?

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes
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