[CentOS] Centos 6.3 - which repos to use?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Sat Jan 26 05:42:30 UTC 2013

On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 9:59 PM, Bry8 Star <bry8star at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I find it very very annoying that, CentOS lacks STABLE+last
> releases. It is not only CentOS, ther Linux as well. But this RHEL
> close/derivative, is very very behind.

If you don't want stability and don't mind installing all the time,
why start with CentOS in the first place?

> And YUM need to have a feature to analyze a user specified/given
> app. IF, yum were to have a feature to analyze current priority,
> include, exclude settings, and then show/indicate what include,
> exclude need to be set for an user-specified or pre-specified
> last+stable app/tool, then such would have been very helpful. Yum
> need to analyze all deps/libs related to that pre-specified app.

I don't think that is possible in the general case.

> And, may be even a better chroot type of app/system should be
> developed & exist in CentOS/RHEL, to easily try those STABLE+last
> releases, effectively, so that service based on those can be easily
> used, even on a 128 MB based box.

Maybe run fedora or ubuntu in a VM?

> CentOS webpage/site should also show to all users, some example of
> using multiple repos and how to implement effective includepkgs,
> exclude, priority etc directives properly for some certain last &
> STABLE app(s) (which is by default not in CentOS), so that others
> can understand the pattern, or have a pointer for them.

If you find a 100% reliable solution, please post it.    I usually
just leave 3rd party repos other than epel disabled and use
enablerepo= on the yum command line only to install or update specific
packages.  And even then I look closely at what yum is proposing to
replace before doing it.

> Just mentioning about, that, there is such things called
> "includepkgs=...", "exclude=..." ad now go do it yourself (and sorry
> no example), obviously does not help that much to users, and its
> CentOS's loss as well, users go away to other distros, and
> ultimately many of them are lost in the jungle.

RHEL/CentOS is really aimed at people who want to set up machines that
run for years with little attention.  There's a natural conflict
between that and thousands of developers making incompatible changes
in their 'latest' releases.   You just have to find a balance.  If you
need one or two 'latest' programs you can probably build it yourself
or find a repo you trust.    If you need dozens or hundreds of
'latest' programs, CentOS is probably the wrong place to start.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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