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Maintaining a local yum repository


I currently have 3 computers running Fedora 8. I think it would probably be a good thing to set up a local repository for yum, rather than downloading each package 3 times.

I have looked at the howto at www.howtoforge.com, and I am not really happy with the method described there. It involves picking a particular mirror and using rsync to keep the local repository up to date.

It seems to me that this would have some problems. For one thing it puts a bigger load on whichever mirror I am rsync'ing to. For another thing, It seems to that there might be some security issues with just grabbing the packages without checking the key as yum does.

Is there a better way to keep a local repository up to date? Ideally, I would like to find a way to just download the packages that my local users ask for, not the whole thing. And I would prefer to use the mirror list at fedora rather than just use one particular server.

I would also prefer to automate the whole process rather than doing it manually.

Does anybody have any ideas about this? Or would I be better off just continuing to use the fedora repository?


Derek Tattersall                    tatters newsguy com

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