[CentOS-virt] Tiny OT: yum priorities or protectbase

Mathew S. McCarrell mccarrms at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 00:54:23 UTC 2009

Personally, I would go with priorities because it gives you more control.

I'm currently in the process of switching to priorities because of packages
from external repos replacing the stable ones that come with CentOS even
though I was using protectbase.  I'm not entirely sure this is what was
causing my reboot issues on the Xen boxes that I run but it certainly could
have been a factor.


Mathew S. McCarrell
Clarkson University '10

mccarrms at gmail.com
mccarrms at clarkson.edu

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 5:12 PM, Ben Montanelli <montanelli at rivint.com>wrote:

> I'm elevating myself from "noob" to "noob with scars." I'm not one to
> ask a lot of questions if I have time to find out on my own.
> I now know at least a half dozen ways to hose a solid CentOS Xen
> install. That's a good thing, I learn from mistakes. Like forgetting to
> actually completely configure priority statements in the repo confs.
> In the past I have used yum protect-base, but about a year ago or so I
> switched to yum priorities because it seems a bit more granular.
> Is there a recommended preference on CentOS Xen installs? I'm pretty
> conservative now and won't go near Plus or Contribs, I do have Convirt
> repos in and it looks like they pulldown a couple dependencies from
> RPMForge (paramiko and socat).
> I don't plan on anymore repos, but am wary enough to want to nail my
> last install down.
> Any prefs here for CentOS Xen? Yum Protect-base or Priorities?
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