Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

Matthew Booth mbooth at
Wed Dec 2 15:44:08 UTC 2009

On 02/12/09 15:26, Josh Boyer wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 02:39:30PM +0000, Matthew Booth wrote:
>> The separate updates directory has been a pain for as long as I've been
>> using RHL/Fedora Core/Fedora. It means you have two places to look when
>> searching for packages manually, and twice as much to configure when
>> you're configuring yum. It has never benefitted me, or anybody I know,
>> but it has caught me out on any number of occasions. What's more, nobody
>> really seems to know why it's like that: it seems it's always been that
>> way, and nobody ever bother to fix it.
>> So lets fix it.
> And how do you propose to do that?

Unfortunately I'm not intimately familiar with Fedora infrastructure 
under-the-hood. However, I would hope that, technically at least, it 
wouldn't be much more than a systematic removal of all updates 
repositories and redirecting files which would have gone into them into 
the main repositories instead. This stems from the observation that if 
you copied everything from the main repository into updates you would 
have created the repository which people unfamiliar with the history 
would expect. The infrastructure side of this, on the face of it, sounds 
very simple.

More involved would be:

1. Updating all packages which expect 2 repos to only expect 1.
2. Communicating the change effectively.

Matthew Booth, RHCA, RHCSS
Red Hat Engineering, Virtualisation Team

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