[CentOS] Why so many updates already for CentOS 5

Sun Apr 15 00:01:29 UTC 2007
John Summerfield <debian at herakles.homelinux.org>

Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On 4/13/07, John Summerfield <debian at herakles.homelinux.org> wrote:

>> > 1.  People want the versions of files on the CentOS to discs to match
>> > the upstream versions for software control
>> Some do, some don't. Some download at work and install at home. There's
>> 75 Mbytes of updates wouldn't get to my machines at home.
>> An updates repo in the collection would be a handy compromise, I think I
>> suggested this a while ago.
> It sounds nice but has too many problems in implimintation:
> 1) Anaconda does not deal with updates during install. Upgrades need
> to be placed in the main trees and the disk would need to be respun
> regularly.  My memory is a bit weak here, but I think that trying to
> add the code to deal with 'updates' during install seems to have
> caused a lot of 'exceptions' in the Fedora code and causes anaconda to
> be even more memory happy.

Having them present is a great start.
> 2) Respinning the disks breaks upstream compatibility that a lot of
> ISV software looks for to see if a system is 'supported' and will run
> on it.

Specifically what? /updates in the root directory?

> 3) If a person installs in 3 weeks from now when say another 75-200 MB
> of updates are available.. it doesnt help any (especially if those
> updates cover a lot of what was on the disk).

It's a good start.

> 4) An updates iso might be possible, but it is more disk space on
> overtaxed servers and more work for the 3-10 core people.

use of jigdo can alleviate the first. A script run weekly by crontab 
would likely be enough.



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