Yum in EPEL [Was: packages that conflict with centos?]

Jeff Sheltren sheltren at cs.ucsb.edu
Mon Aug 6 14:04:32 UTC 2007

On Jul 27, 2007, at 8:48 AM, Michael DeHaan wrote:

> I haven't looked at these packages yet, but I'm really glad to see  
> this work being done. I mentioned this on #epel a few days ago --  
> lots of folks will be looking for yum to be there.
> The selfish reason for me to want it is that Cobbler (http:// 
> cobbler.et.redhat.com) uses it for repository management and is  
> otherwise broken in EPEL (http://cobbler.et.redhat.com) -- the not  
> so selfish reason is tons of RHEL4 users are already using yum for  
> various things (including maintaining their own repositories of  
> lots of stuff, including, sometimes, updates) and it would be nice  
> if they could get their yum from EPEL and use yum with EPEL if they  
> wanted.
> Thanks!
> --Michael DeHaan

During the EPEL meeting on July 25 -- log here:
There was some discussion about problems including yum in EPEL.

The first issue was that these packages don't mess up CentOS users.   
Since these packages all have a lower release than those found in  
CentOS, that should not be a problem since they should never get  
installed in the first place.

The second issue was that RHEL 4 users can't use yum for system  
updates.  Do we need to provide a wiki page explaining to RHEL users  
that yum is available only to fill dependencies and shouldn't be used  
directly?  What are people's thoughts on this -- especially those  
that use RHEL?  Is it confusing to have yum if RHEL can't use it to  
do system updates?

I'd like to get this discussed here on the list so that we can make a  
decision about it at the next EPEL meeting if needed.


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