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Re: Updated Anaconda packages

On 07/28/2009 12:27 AM, Jeremy Katz wrote:
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
Well, I don't buy this claim of yours.

IMO, people only don't use this way of installation, because it's not (rsp. poorly) supported by Fedora (by you?).

I am using it, because it's the only option to perform a clean
"F(N-1) + updates" to "F(N)+updates" and to circumvent the bugs
"F(N) Gold" typically contains.

I am pretty sure, people would use it, it was a bit better supported and _advertised_.

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.
Build time/size of a minimal network-install image?

test time would be close to zero, because the public would be testing what you consider to be "your current best" and you would immediately replace the iso in case of bugs (Essentially the same cycle that of any other arbitrary application/package).

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

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.
OK, in which package can I find your "mkimage" script.


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