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RE: yum installation management.

I would be interested in the code. Can you make it available for download?


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hirt [mailto:bhirt mobygames com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 12:08 PM
To: Discussion of the Fedora Legacy Project
Cc: Brian Hirt
Subject: yum installation management.

Like lots of users out there, my company used to use Red Hat Network to 
support our boxes.   One of the things i really liked about RHN was 
that you could remotely administer a bunch of servers fairly easily 
without having to log onto each machine to check for updates or to 
install updates.   I'm aware that Yum and others packages can be run 
from cron to automatically install packages.  However, if you want a 
little bit more control over what you install and when you install 
them, I haven't seen something out there that suits me.

I spent some time whipping up a little system that is similar to RHN.   
The administration is from a web page where you can  view which 
components on your servers are out of date and request that the 
remotely administered systems update certain packages.   Each of the 
remotely administered systems checks in with the central database and 
updates packages that it's been requested to update.  The administered 
boxes also notify the central server when if finds new packages that 
should be updated.

The system is written entirely in perl, and has three components.   
There is one mod_perl program running on the webserver, and two client 
programs that run on each of the administered boxes.   One of the 
clients performs the updates, and the other client checks nightly to 
see if there are new packages that need updating.  All of the state is 
stored in a backend SQL database.  I'm using postgresql, but as it's a 
fairly simple system using basic SQL, i have no doubts that mysql could 
easily be used too.

So, before i go on and on about this slightly off topic email I wanted 
to find out if other people might be interested in a system like this 
that they could use in their own installations.   I'd like to make this 
project open, but don't really know how many people would find such a 
system useful.   So, the purpose of this email is to gauge if there is 
any interest in such a project and to let people know about it.

If you have any interest is a project like this, I would love to talk 
to you and get your ideas.

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