[CentOS-devel] 4.4 enterprise update?

Wed Sep 6 19:58:12 UTC 2006
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Wed, 2006-09-06 at 21:42 +0200, Joakim Sernbrant wrote:
> Why was the update to 4.4 automatic? Having a lot of new features
> automatically installed it not why we run an "enterprise" OS. I would
> like to be able to plan and test that kind of events.
> A better way of handling it would be what I am used with from another
> "enterprise" distro:

By all means ... before you update a mission critical system you should
do testing and planning.

> Already yum looks for the release in the "Version:" header of the
> package specified in yum.conf:distroverpkg (centos-release in our
> case). However the version is 4 and not 4.4 as one would expect (and 4
> in the 4.3 version as well).

That is exactly as designed...


Ummm ... our update procedures are exactly like upstream

CentOS-4 is the version ... 4.3 and 4.4 are update sets of CentOS-4.  If
you do updates, you get updates.  If you don't want updates, then don't

If you had RHEL-4 (update 3) installed the day before they released
RHEL-4 update 4 ... and if you ran the command:

up2date -u

on the day after they released RHEL-4 update 4 ... then you would have
gotten the exact same package updates.  (Except we use yum for updates
and not RHN)

> # rpm -qp --queryformat="%{version}\n" centos-release-4-3.2.src.rpm
> 4
> # rpm -qp --queryformat="%{version}\n" centos-release-4-4.2.i386.rpm
> 4
> This means that $releasever in our CentOS-Base.repo will be 4 and not
> 4.4 as we would like.
> If the the "Version:" of the centos-release rpm is in sync with the
> CentOS release version all you have to do to switch is:
> rpm -U "new centos-release rpm"
> yum update yum
> yum update
> Simple and predictable. 

Except, we don't maintain the 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 trees indefinitely, we
maintain a 4 tree ... that is always updated to be just like running
up2date upstream.

You are confusing moving from CentOS-2 to CentOS-3 to CentOS-4 with
moving from CentOS-4.1 to CentOS-4.2 to CentOS-4.3.  They are not the

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