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Re: Fedora spin from RpmFusion



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On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 13:01:32 -0400
Jeremy Katz <katzj redhat com> wrote:

> On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 10:56 -0600, Lamont Peterson wrote:
> > On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:57:08 +0000
> > "Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" <johannbg hi is> wrote:
> > 
> > > We gonna start an Rpmfusion Fedora spin giving user
> > > the much wanted/needed media support in Fedora.
> > 
> > With yum based Anaconda, I can add any repos I want to at install
> > time and then select a customized set of packages from all of
> > them.  This means that if you produce a CD/DVD that I can download
> > and you put the proper repodata/ (and comps?) on the disc, then I
> > can use it.
> 
> Well, except that at that point during the install, we have the CD
> mounted and so you can't unmount to swap CDs.

True, and I had thought about that while writing my message and I probably should have mentioned it.  Of course, I can't remember the last time I did a CD/DVD install for any of my machines.  Gotta love PXE. :)

>  Changing that probably
> means committing to partitioning changes sooner

I not sure that it would.  After all, yum can deal with swapping CDs and it will ask you for whichever one it wants next, which should also work for multiple-DVD installs as long as there isn't an assumption of how many discs a DVD can install can be.  It is nice that it always asks for them in order, as I don't have to think about what disc is going to come next.  Even still, I'm sure there would have to be a couple of things to deal with.  Someone getting it put together and out there for testing would certainly help nail that down. :)

> (currently, we delay
> them until right before packages install unless you need early swap)
> so that we can move the install image to the hard disk.  And then
> there may be a little bit of subtlety in ensuring that the ordering
> of package installation ends up right.  But it's mostly a matter of
> someone sitting down, writing some code and doing some testing.
> 
> > But why would you want to produce such an image?  It would be out of
> > date before the first person finished downloading it.  It might
> > work, as long as people do not include any live over-the-network
> > updated or updates repos in their installs.  So, I guess it would
> > be useful when someone has a need to install in an isolated
> > environment/network without Internet access.
> > 
> > So, I'm not sure if it would be that useful or not.
> 
> There are a lot of cases like the above where it is useful.  Also
> cases where people only have sporadic network access.  Or slower
> network access and get media from a friend.  Or connect via something
> more esoteric that anaconda doesn't support setting up.  So there's
> definitely value in doing the work

Even more good examples.  Thanks. :)
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