[CentOS] Allow updates but not upgrades

Fri May 11 03:22:18 UTC 2012
Gregory Machin <gdm at linuxpro.co.za>

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 2:40 AM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>>> All of those that I've investigated make you manage copies of packages
>>> locally which seems like overkill when you aren't changing them
>>> locally.  Is there any solution that simply lets you tell yum not to
>>> install any updates newer than the latest one you've tested?   Or more
>>> cumbersome but still less so than maintaining repos - a way to have
>>> yum duplicate the package/versions that are on your test machines
>>> across a set of others?
>> No ... yum is designed to install software from repositories.  If you
>> want to install a subset of a repository, then you need make a new
>> repository that is a subset of the said repository.
> Yes,  I'd just prefer that since yum runs on my machine that it had
> been designed to manage the software on my machine instead of acting
> as an agent for the remote repository or its managers.
> But, since yum is generally able to install specified versions as long
> as they still exist in the repository and it doesn't have to go
> backwards, I'd think such a thing would be possible by managing
> package lists instead of the packages.
> --
>  Les Mikesell
>    lesmikesell at gmail.com


This has been interesting reading.

Since I have to used spacewalk to do reporting on updates and patches,
and for automated installs I will use it to mirror the repositories
and control the releases.

Thanks for clarifying the RHEL/CentOS release process.