[CentOS] Centos 5.0 package updater asking me to update more than I installed

Mark Walker furface at omnicode.com
Tue Jul 29 00:58:37 UTC 2008

Here's what I'm doing.  In the gui environment, gnome, there's a box in 
the upper right corner that reports about updates available every once 
in a while.  I click on it and I get something called "Package Updater" 
that lists the packages that can be updated according to the server, I 
believe yum, it's querying.  I'm not sure exactly what the Application 
name is, but that's what the title bar says.  Sorry, I'm not an expert 
on gnome, so I'm having trouble tracking down what the actual app is.  
My guess is that it's Yumex or some close relative.

When I get the list of packages to be updated, there are things that I 
don't recognize having installed.  For instance a package called 
"metacity," which apparently is a window manager.  I understand there 
could be dependencies that need to be installed, but that is usually 
dealt with after yum downloads and queries the actual packages isn't it?

Is the main "Package Updater" designed to just give you the packages you 
installed or does it give you everything that's available from the 
server it's talking to?


MHR wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM, Mark Walker <furface at omnicode.com> wrote:
>> Is this the standard behavior?  Is there a way to only update the packages I
>> installed without deselecting the ones I don't want?
> That depends on what you are updating and what you want.  Could you be
> a little (no, a lot) more specific?  What are you doing (exactly) and
> what is not working the way you think it should?
> mhr
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