[CentOS] yum update

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Fri Aug 14 03:49:53 UTC 2009

Lanny Marcus wrote:
> On 8/13/09, madunix <madunix at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Can any one clarify this, is auto updating at all production servers
>> recommended or not?
>> need to know your opinion, how do you manage the update?
> The NSA Guide to the Secure Configuration of RHEL 5 indicates this is
> OK, but not with updatesd which they believe is not mature enough for
> an enterprise environment and may introduce unnecessary overhead. They
> suggest a cron job that calls yum to do this.

I build a bunch of these updates and test most of the ones I don't build
before we release them ... and I STILL don't auto update servers in
production.  I may be a bit cautious, but I can't imagine I would ever
set any production server, in any OS, to every update automatically.

If I was ever going to do it, CentOS would be the OS ... but with my job
on the line I'll just do the updates by hand and watch the output :D

We do auto update all our CentOS Infrastructure servers via cron and
they hardly ever have issues.

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