[CentOS-devel] Considering repo re-structuring

Sat Nov 27 17:45:50 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 11/26/10 12:30 PM, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> On 11/26/2010 05:06 PM, Jean-Marc Liger wrote:
>> Something which focus on what was the CentOS 4 Server CD is a good target.
>> We could base it on some current Group Install Options like "CentOS//
>> Server (GUI)".
> Thats possible, but we should try and consider what the install package
> sets are on the upstream product and see if its possible to match that
> in some way.
> w.r.t ServerCD-4, i just went with the most common server packages ( as
> measured by download numbers on mirror.c.o ); that worked as an
> additional install media, over and above the main distro CD/DVD set, but
> if we are going to have something like this for our main install media I
> feel trying to get close to the upstream product might be a good idea.
> what do you think ?

I think it would be great to have a minimal CD/USB install image that would get 
you to a point where you can run yum after the reboot.  Whether enough server 
packages fit to be useful without having yum install more packages is somewhat 
irrelevant if we assume that you need enough internet connectivity to do updates 
anyway.   The idea would be to have a super-fast install that doesn't need a DVD 
drive and gets you to a point where you can debug hardware/network problems, add 
some drivers, etc. in difficult cases and (unlike a network install) lets you 
continue after failures.  And it would make it quick and easy for off-site 
people to get a machine to the point where you could ssh in to run the rest of 
the 'yum install', etc. commands to customize it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com