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Some thoughts about Fedora Core 1 packages upgrade



 Just have some crude thoughts about the method of packages upgrade for our hundreds of Fedora Core 1 Linux boxes. Since it is quite awkward to upgrade hundreds of clients through Internet(big burden on Internet servers on the other side),  I’d like to setup my own Master package Master server for all my hundreds of clients.  Clients will pull packages from my Master server, while my Master server will sync upgrade from Internet. Because we twist a lot packages to enable&disable building options, we have to download source RPMs as well, so there should have two places for upgrade packages. The first one is exactly the same the one on Internet, while the second is different, it only contains updated binary rpms we need for our own distribution, both untouched, modified&rebuilt. So the steps to set up the above infrastructure will be as the following:


1,  Use rsync|ftpcopy to copy the FC1 updates tree from Internet to master server, either through crontab or by hand manually, at last send an email to system administrator about the difference. That difference will contain info about new updated rpms.


2,  Have a look of the new upgraded rpms, see if there is a need to rebuild some of them. If so, install source rpms, then twist .spec files, and rebuild to get customized binary rpms.


3, copy new upgrade binary rpms, either untouched or rebuilt at step 2, to a place where all clients can reach by means of nfs|http|ftp.


4, on clients, through crontabs, use cfengine or customized scripts to install the upgrade packages with the help of up2date|yum periodically.


This way it should make the mass upgrade much easier and faster, while at the same time save the Internet bandwidth at the server side for other Fedora Core 1 amateurs.


When the infrastructure is setup, we only need to read email from rsync and maintain a Master server for package upgrade.


Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.


 --Guolin Cheng







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