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Re: FC5 and Yum Plugins

On 12/29/2005 09:21:28 AM, Brian Long wrote:

I've manually installed the "protectbase" and "fastestmirror" plugins
from the yum-utils tarball (they are not included in the yum-utils RPM
or subpackages yet).

I would think installing protectbase by default on FC5 and protecting
all Fedora official repos would be excellent.  I added protect=1 to
fedora.repo, fedora-updates.repo and fedora-extras.repo after making
sure the plugin was enabled and yum.conf had "plugins=1".  This allows
me to run the following command without AtRPMS changing any RPMs that
are included in [base], [updates] or [extras]:

yum --enablerepo=atrpms --enablerepo=freshrpms update

Normally, I have atrpms and freshrpms disabled; base, updates and extras
are enabled.  Without protectbase installed, atrpms wants to provide
updates to xorg-X11 and various other packages which I don't want.
However, it provides a bunch of MythTV updates I do want (about 30 RPMs
or so).  Since I don't want to iterate manually through all the MythTV
updates, I find protectbase a good compromise.

I would think it would be in the best interest of the Fedora team to
install protectbase by default, enable it and protect Fedora repos.  If
power users want to disable it, it's very easy.

Am I off-base in this request?  :)

I don't think so - I would like to see this too. By the way, I made a variant on "fastestmirror" that I called "bestmirror" that also checks which mirrors have the most recent updates (as indicated by the age of their metadata). That way you're certain to get the most recent version of a package (though there was some concern expressed about the load created on the mirrors by all that polling...)

Regards, Willem Riede.

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