[CentOS-devel] Meaning of separate kickstart/ and os/ folders in CentOS 8 repos?

Brian Stinson brian at bstinson.com
Wed Sep 25 00:15:29 UTC 2019

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019, at 18:56, Anthony Alba wrote:
> What is the significance of separate kickstart/ and os/ folders in the repos?
> (If you are using kickstart does that mean you should point to
> kickstart/ instead of os/ in the ks file?)
> I could not find a mention of it in the release notes.
> E.g. under
> centos/8.0.1905/BaseOS/x86_64/
> my nearest mirror has
> kickstart/
> os/
> Cheers
> Anthony Alba
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I have a todo item to explain this a little bit better on the wiki.

Basically the problem is, starting on Day 1 we have the os/ repository populated with GA packages *and* updates (0-day updates and those that came in while we were in the middle of the build process). os/ will continue to receive updates.

If you use the os/ repository, your install will use those updates as part of the install, but some folks would prefer to install using GA content, and perform updates later. That's where the kickstart/ repo comes in. 

The kickstart/ repository is a snapshot of GA content, and will not change until upstream does another point-release.


Brian Stinson

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