[CentOS] Centos 6.3 - which repos to use?

Wed Jan 23 10:15:26 UTC 2013
Leon Fauster <leonfauster at googlemail.com>

Am 22.01.2013 um 23:03 schrieb James Freer <jessejazza3.uk at gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>> On 01/22/2013 03:01 PM, James Freer wrote:
>>> I've just installed v6.3 as a desktop (from
>>> Centos-6.3-i386-LiveCD.iso) and to get the hang of the Centos approach
>>> and then hope to move on to a server. I've been using linux *buntu for
>>> 5 years.
>>> Hope i don't sound like a nit but i've got a little confused with the
>>> repos. Hoping someone would be kind enough just to clarify. This
>>> installation is for stability whilst installing the latest versions
>>> available.
>>> a] What happens if i select these? I assume that Centos6 is correct so
>>> why these?
>>> In software sources i have checked;
>>> Centos6-base, Centos6-extras, Centos6-updates
>>> unchecked;
>>> Centos6-contrib, Centos6-media, Centos6-plus
>>> i did check these three and media wouldn't, and plus wanted to suggest
>>> installation kernel 2.6 [gulp]. Each unchecked without installing.
>>> Then we also have the same for 6.0, 6.1, 6.2?
>>> b] So which repos to use as i'm unsure where apps are i want to use
>>> like efax (ok that's in), yumex, pyrenamer, llgal, abiword. at present
>>> i'm not sure which repos to use other than the one's i've mentioned.
>>> I then started to look at the repos
>>> http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories
>>> Centos extras and plus -- are these the same as above?
>>> CS/GFS, Centos testing, Fast track, debuginfo, contrib, CR - would
>>> seem not applicable to me.
>>> 3rd party repos
>>> rpmforge (DAG), and EPEL seem likely
>>> other repos seem likely to replace core packages which wouldn't be applicable.
>>> Google RPM gets a "use with care". I used the google browser on *buntu
>>> from their website with no problems so i was wondering what the
>>> problem would be and whether to use this repoo or the website. The
>>> fact that a maintainer has made this repo suggests a reason rather
>>> than just convenience.
>>> c] Could one just use pkgs.org to install from?
>>> My google "centos abiword" threw up yet another repo 'puias' and this
>>> has the latest Abiword version 2.8.6.
>>> http://pkgs.org/centos-6-rhel-6/puias-i386/abiword-2.8.6-3.puias6.i686.rpm.html
>>> I could just install from pkgs.org/centos-6 it would seem? Point is
>>> the repos are maintained by an expert rather than folk just
>>> downloading.
>>> I was then confused further by this
>>> http://miles.isb.bj.edu.cn/2012/03/09/how-to-install-abiword-on-centos-6-x64/
>>> One needs to add epal and rpmforge just for abiword? Surely the
>>> dependencies would be in the same repo
>>> I'm sure all is quite simple really but i'd be grateful for the
>>> guidance before i mess up an installation.
>> puias is another rebuild of RHEL code (like CentOS .. but a different
>> project) ... they also just changed their name to Springdale Linux:
>> http://springdale.math.ias.edu/
>> WRT recommended repos (that also explains what extras is, centosplus is,
>> etc):
>> http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories
>> Basically, for almost everything I need, I can get it from CentOS, EPEL,
>> and maybe RPMForge.
>> As far as the distro is concerned, CentOS-6 is the distro and the point
>> releases are basically just point in time freezes to generate new
>> install media.  You will always get to the latest version of CentOS-6
>> (currently 6.3 and updates to that) by doing "yum update"
>> CR is a way to "point release" updates about a week faster, we release
>> the RPMS when they are ready, into CR and then we make ISOs out of them
>> and release the next version.  It usually takes 5-10 days to make the
>> ISOs, test them and seed them.
> puias... sorry i overlooked that. Clear enough now. I'll use the epal
> and rpmforge repos and see how i get on.

i do not recommend to use this two repos simultaniuous (or use priorities!).