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Re: up2date & rhn_check



On Sun, 19 Dec 2004 17:47:41 -0800, Rob <wasguru gmail com> wrote:
> I'm running RC3 on AMD64. Once in a while I get notified of updates
> via the rhn applet but when I run up2date it says I'm all updated. I
> assume this is because the update is for i386 which I might also have
> in addition to the x86_64 package. My question is should I add i386
> repos to my rhn/sources? I was wondering what would happen if I was
> trying to install a package later and it found the same package for 2
> different architectures in 2 different reps; would it choose one or
> throw an error?

I don't know how well up2date works with multiple architectures, but I
know yum can handle it.  To install a 32-bit package where both are
available, type "yum install <pkg>.i386"  32-bit repos in the yum.conf
work just fine.  I haven't used up2date since it would only work well
for me when I happened to get a good server from the pool available. 
I found out how to work with yum before I found out how to work with
up2date, so I have used yum and it works well.
As far as the seemingly false update notifications, if you are using
mirrors, perhaps you are getting the update notification before the
packages are pushed out to the mirror.  I know I have seen that.  I
have not seen (on FC2 at least) update notifications that were for
i386 packages that I did not have installed (but rather had the 64-bit
version installed).  Are you eventually gettings updates for packages,
or is it always telling you there are updates that you cannot get?
Does anyone know where some good documentation on up2date is?  I just
looked quickly around the Fedora site and only found something on yum.
 Some quick Google searches didn't find anything that looked helpful
either.  Does Fedora lean towards using up2date over yum, since the
notifier specifically uses up2date?

Jonathan


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