[CentOS] 4.1 being dropped from mirrors

Aleksandar Milivojevic alex at milivojevic.org
Thu Oct 20 12:55:42 UTC 2005

Lamar Owen wrote:

> Packs.  "If you want Security Update X for your system, you must update to 
> Service Pack Y" first type things; the RHEL setup can force the use of the 
> updates sooner than Microsoft would dare, and the CentOS echo forces it 
> within a week (unless I'm missing a way to tell yum "grab security updates, 
> but leave the Quarterly alone for now").

Not really.  You can always install individual updates only.

As for your second comment, you can disable base in CentOS.repo (or 
whatever it is called) and leave only updates enabled.  Around time of 
switch between 4.n and 4.n+1 you would need to check erratas and 
manually apply security fixes that were released as part of 4.n+1 (and 
not as an update to any particular 4.n).  However note that if an 
security fix requires a particular version of package from 4.n+1, you 
are hosed (however, you still don't need to install all updates from 
4.n+1, you need only the required packages to satisfy dependencies).  If 
you have many systems, you might choose to create your own "updates" 
repository and populate it only with security updates and their 
dependencies (so you don't run in previously described problem).  Then 
make this repository public for the rest of the folks that would like 
that functionality.  If you are current with updates in your repo, 
you'll become very popular guy ;-)

If you are gringing on this "manual" step, remember that if you had real 
RHEL installed, you wouldn't really have this option at all.  All Red 
Hat has is an big pool that contains all updates since RHEL 4 was 
initially released.

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