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

Lanny Marcus lmmailinglists at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 01:32:41 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM, Mark Walker <furface at omnicode.com> wrote:
> 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?
I use that. It's called PUP and it is a front end to YUM. Today it had
one (1) update available for my CentOS 5.2 Desktop.
I use GNOME almost exclusively, but I also have KDE installed. I
believe it only offers you the updates that are available for stuff
you have installed on your box. There are many packages on your box
(and mine!) that we do not recognize, but, they are installed.

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