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Re: Unstable EPEL? (frequent package updates)

I tend to agree with Mike and several of the previous comments in this thread.

EPEL was designed to supplement EL with packages not included in the
base.  It has been, and will continue to do this.  If the package is
updating too frequently, the solution is simple, don't update.
(disable automatic yum, or up2date or whatever).  Create a release
strategy for your needs.  The repository and upgrade strategy are not
(and should not) be one in the same.  If it's not updating often
enough, you are welcome to uses other repos, or supplement with your
own updates.

I tend to think that currently, the Fedora Project and contributors
would not be able to sustain a quality-driven branch for unstable, or
5.1 vs 5.2 etc and so on.  I still think that EPEL is much better than
me having to hand pick every RPM from Fedora SRPMS and recompile them
by hand, store them in my own repositories and then watch as
incompatibilities crop up.

Keep in mind that EPEL's goal is to make high-quality, fedora
approved, packages available.  How you use them is up to you.

I also gave a talk on managing updates at the Red Hat Summit, if you
want to check it out, please do so.


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