Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Wed Dec 2 17:40:45 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-12-02 at 18:09 +0100, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> * It shifts "costs" from "users" to "vendor"
> and from "mirrors" to "master".
> * It helps users who are using networked installs to spare bandwidth 
> (avoids downloading obsolete packages from "Everything"/"Fedora").
> Admitted, for most users, it would change almost nothing.

People doing network installs can either add the updates repo to their
kickstart, or check the box in the anaconda UI, so that the updates
repos are considered at install time.  No download of duplicate data.

In fact, having separate repos would likely cost less bandwidth.  If we
only had one combined repo, there would be many duplicate packages,
especially if we went the route of having updates-testing mixed in and
only marked by some update tag.  We'd have to keep sets of what's in
updates-testing, updates, and the GA release set, and all of that would
be in one repodata set.  Everybody doing a network install, whether they
wanted updates, updates-testing, or not would have to download and
consume that larger repodata, introducing a higher cost for them.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
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