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Re: Maintaining a local yum repository

On Sat, 2008-01-26 at 11:57 -0800, Aldo Foot wrote:
> On Jan 26, 2008 8:25 AM, Derek Tattersall <tatters newsguy com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > 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?
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > --
> > Derek Tattersall                    tatters newsguy com
> >

When I had two servers running Fedora2 and both my wife and I's
workstation, and my laptop all running FC2 - what I did was get one of
the servers to do an automatic update at say 02:00 - and do not delete
the resultant packages...

The resultant packages were then NFS shared to the rest of the systems
as a background mount.....

The result - when yum ran on the rest of the machines, if it found those
packages already on disk - it didn't re-download them - thus saving
downloading everything 5 times..

Also no problems with keys - as still using the repo ;-)

Ok - didn't stop the download of what needed to be downloaded - but that
traffic was minimal compared to the actual packages.....

Helluva lot better (IMHO) that rsyncing the entire repo  - 'cause you
won't need a vast majority of what that repo has..

Just my 2c

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