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Re: Updated Anaconda packages

On Tuesday, July 28 2009, Ralf Corsepius said:
> On 07/27/2009 10:21 PM, Jeremy Katz wrote:
>> Regenerating the images is expensive -- it requires effort on the part
>> of the developers doing fixes, release engineering doing builds with the
>> fixes, QA testing the fixes, infrastructure (mirrors) carrying a
>> significant amount more bits[1], ...
> Not quite true.
> Instead of building "all images", you could build a minimalist network  
> install image, which installs from "Everything"+"updates".

Except that the majority of our users don't do an install in that
fashion, so you're going to be helping the 1% case that least needs

> I don't know how you build images, but it's hard to image building such  
> an image frequently (e.g. whenever any package it contains has changed)  
> is "such kind of expensive".

The build time, test time[1], mirror time/space is all still there... those
are the expensive parts.

> An alternative would be, to ship a script to let people build such an  
> image themselves. It would not help everybody in all situations, but it  
> at least help people who have some (other) version of Fedora running  
> somewhere.

As it turns out, we ship all the tools to build the distribution the
exact way we do!  And as David said, he's been working with Jeroen for
occasional updated anaconda packages.


[1] And associated "find bug/fix bug/respin" cycle times

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