[CentOS] How to get 4.3 updates without 4.4 upgrade

Steve Huff shuff at vecna.org
Mon Sep 4 15:09:48 UTC 2006

On Sep 4, 2006, at 10:43 AM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:

>> Errmm 4.3 updates give 4.4 ???
> Hey, I am seeing 195 updates available. That does NOT sound like a  
> a few patches. More like a total replacement.

this is how RH releases patches (and thus how CentOS releases patches):

1) a new point release comes out (e.g. 4.3)
2) as time passes, updated packages are created and classified into  
three categories:
   a) security or critical fixes
   b) noncritical fixes
   c) feature enhancements
3) security and critical fixes are pushed out to the update channels  
as soon as they are available
4) noncritical fixes and feature enhancements are not pushed out  
until it's time for a new point release (e.g. 4.4)

what it sounds like you want is to stay at 4.3 but still receive...  
something?  security updates?  updates that are magically guaranteed  
not to break anything?

i'm not sure there's a good way to accomplish that.  i'd recommend  
not running `yum update` until other early adopters have figured out  
all the various pitfalls and have documented workarounds.


p.s. i recall an announcement a while back that there RH created  
additional up2date channels that distribute noncritical fixes and  
feature enhancements in real time rather than waiting until the point  
release, but i don't remember how to access them.  anyone?

If this were play'd upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an  
improbable fiction.  - Fabian, Twelfth Night

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