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Re: Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

On 02/12/09 15:26, Josh Boyer wrote:
On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 02:39:30PM +0000, Matthew Booth wrote:
The separate updates directory has been a pain for as long as I've been
using RHL/Fedora Core/Fedora. It means you have two places to look when
searching for packages manually, and twice as much to configure when
you're configuring yum. It has never benefitted me, or anybody I know,
but it has caught me out on any number of occasions. What's more, nobody
really seems to know why it's like that: it seems it's always been that
way, and nobody ever bother to fix it.

So lets fix it.

And how do you propose to do that?

Unfortunately I'm not intimately familiar with Fedora infrastructure under-the-hood. However, I would hope that, technically at least, it wouldn't be much more than a systematic removal of all updates repositories and redirecting files which would have gone into them into the main repositories instead. This stems from the observation that if you copied everything from the main repository into updates you would have created the repository which people unfamiliar with the history would expect. The infrastructure side of this, on the face of it, sounds very simple.

More involved would be:

1. Updating all packages which expect 2 repos to only expect 1.
2. Communicating the change effectively.

Matthew Booth, RHCA, RHCSS
Red Hat Engineering, Virtualisation Team

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