[CentOS] Re: Linux backup help

Warren Young warren at etr-usa.com
Fri Nov 14 22:08:10 UTC 2008

Amos Shapira wrote:
> Is there a way to "freeze" a list of installed packages and exact
> versions, then tell yum (or any other tool/script) to install exactly
> these verions either on the same or another systme?

There isn't a need for an explicit feature.  Just update one server, 
test it, then copy all of /var/cache/yum/updates/packages to the other 
machines.  You can then say "rpm -Fvh *.rpm" in that directory to bring 
that machine up to the same level as the other one.

We don't do it exactly that way.  We copy the current package cache to 
new machines after installation to speed a regular "yum update," as it 
needs only enough bandwidth to download what's changed since updating 
the package cache clone.  Because of CentOS/RHEL's policy of not 
upgrading versions, only patching the released version, we haven't had 
any serious problems by allowing production systems to track the current 
yum repositories.

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