[CentOS-devel] kernel-*-devel and yum updates for CentOS-4.x

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Sun Oct 22 15:01:05 UTC 2006


Yum does not install kernel-smp-devel (or kernel-hugemem-devel, kernel-
largesmp-devel), but it upgrades them.

Yum does install kernel-devel, and it does not upgrade it.

Yum should be consistent in how kernel-devel files are handled.

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This issue is addressed in this CentOS bug:

http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=1549

and in this upstream bug:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=155988

The upstream fix is rolled into FC >= 4 and RHEL >= 5 ... but it is not
rolled into RHEL <= 4.

That leaves CentOS-4 with this bug.

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There are 3 options here:

1. Patch CentOS-4 yum to make yum install all kernel-*-devel files like
it does for kernel-devel (or the reverse ... make kernel-devel and
upgrade like the other files).

2. Modify the kernel-2.6.spec to do what FC >= 4 does.

3. Do nothing and tell people to choose what they want by updating this
variable in /etc/yum.conf

installonlyn=

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I think that 2 is a bad choice as it makes the CentOS kernel deviate
from the upstream kernel.

I think that 3 is a better choice than 2 ... but I think 1 is the
optimal choice.  That yum needs to be updated to treat kernel-*-devel
files like it treats kernel-devel.

What does everyone else think?

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Note: This is my attempt to solicit input for package changes from the
public and not make unilateral decisions and push them with only the
developers present.

If there is no discussion of this item on this list by non-centos
developers, then I will revert back to making bug changes based on only
what the developers think :P

Therefore, the people who want input into how packages are updated need
to speak up.
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Thanks,
Johnny Hughes 
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