[CentOS] stock openjdk vs. epel

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 18:58:23 UTC 2009

Rob Kampen wrote:
>>> by default base+updates should get priority over anything else 
>>> including epel, don't you agree?
>> Not necessarily. I don't see any inherent reason that I would want 
>> openjdk-b09 over b12 and I'd expect the reverse since b12 fixes known 
>> bugs.  But I would want to know that I'm not the first person to try 
>> to run it, which is why I raised the question.
> I think priorities set globally should be for base and updates to be 
> highest. In this case there is a particular rpm that the upstream vendor 
> has not yet updated to the later release. Thus those that cannot wait 
> can use yum exclude and thus move to another repo - in this case epel to 
> get a later release. But as always if it breaks you get to keep the 
> pieces.....
> Works for me.

For some definition of 'works'...  How would the person who needed the 
newer version know it was available if they've excluded it?   And since 
epel isn't 'supposed' to overwrite stock versions (I think Rex verified 
my impression of that policy), why would you expect to need to exclude 
epel or lower its priority - or if that does need to be done, why isn't 
it done in the default *release packages for the repos?

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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