[CentOS] Why is yum not liked by some?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 00:00:48 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 14:33, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> > > > It is a major change ... the entire repo is looked at as a whole at
> > > > rebuild time for the metadata, not as 10,000 packages but as one entity.
> > > > Because of this fact (as Bryan has pointed out), you would need to keep
> > > > older entire repo snapshots of the metadata to use to resolve your
> > > > dependencies separately.
> > 
> > Yet I can look, for example, at:
> > http://mirror.centos.org/centos/4.1/updates/i386/headers/
> > and have no trouble knowing exactly which files were there
> > at any given date.  Yum could be at least as smart...
> > 
> That directory is for up2date (not yum), it would also work for yum
> prior to 2.1.x (not what we use in CentOS-4.x) ... this directory is for
> yum 2.1 and greater, which is what we use for CentOS-4.x:

> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/4.1/updates/i386/repodata/

I've mostly used the Centos 3.x version so far.  And believed the
philosophy section of the yum README file where it said the
dependency decisions were made based on the contents of 
the hdr files...  Will any or all of apt/up2date/yum do the
right thing if you ask it to install a version of a package
that is in the repository but not the most current. I was under the
impression that yum could do that, but have not been able
to with the yum version in Centos 3.5.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com


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