Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

Matthew Booth mbooth at
Wed Dec 2 17:38:57 UTC 2009

On 02/12/09 16:09, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Matthew Booth (mbooth at said:
>> 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. The package set at release time is only interesting
>> to historians. If any of them are really that bothered, I'm sure
>> somebody can come up with a yum module which finds the oldest
>> available version of a package in a repo.
> The separate Everything tree that does not get obsoleted is required
> in some form for GPL compliance, with respect to the ISO images that
> we ship. Any new solution would have to preserve this.

This argument sounds weird to me. However, there no reason you can't 
keep around as many repositories as you like as long as the One True 
Repository exists and people can use it exclusively. Currently it 
doesn't exist.

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

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