Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

Liang Suilong liangsuilong at
Thu Dec 3 13:36:31 UTC 2009

I think that idea maybe isn't benefit with repository.

If updates repository is merged into Everything repository, Will metadata
files become too large? I know that the size of metadatas on updates and
everything are more than 30 megabytes. If these two repositories compose, We
will need download more than 30MB files before updating. I believe that it
will decrease the advantage of delrarpm update. It will increase more time
to download the files.

Is there any way to make createrepo generate delta metadata files? Just like
delta rpm, we just need to get what meta files are changed, then yum
generates the entire metadata files. We exactly not need and want to
download the big files.

Additionally, if an user is far away from repository server, though ISP
provides quite a good 10Mbps connection, it is still quite slow to install
some big applications, such, Eclipse, Netbeans, KOffice and
some 3D games. Does yum allow to download more than one rpm files with only
one thread per files after checking dependencies? Or using a yum plugin to
replace yum default downloader by axel to download one rpm files with multi
threads. I ever found out this kind of plugin, but I can assure it can run
in Fedora 12.

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