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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
help.

> 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.

Jeremy

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


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