The updates firehose

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Sun Jun 10 01:10:52 UTC 2007

Jason L Tibbitts III <tibbs <at>> writes:
> One useful bit might be to use a different notice for new packages.
> That way you can look for "security" first, "new package" to see if
> it's something that interests you and ignore everything else.  We
> might also elect to give people a list that just gets security update
> notices.

That's something which can be done in the updater. For security vs. 
non-security, that's what the updates metadata which the old Core updates tool 
had and which is being implemented in Bodhi too is for. New packages can be 
detected automatically, in fact Synaptic already does this: each time you 
update your metadata (apt separates updating metadata from upgrading packages), 
you get a list of packages which are new in your repositories. (This also 
catches bugs like debuginfo packages suddenly showing up in the regular updates 
repository, by the way. :-) This has been fixed now.)

        Kevin Kofler

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