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Re: Fedora Life Cycle



On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, Gian Paolo Mureddu wrote:

IMHO, it's far more interesting -- and useful -- to make upgrades work flawlessly.

I couldn't agree more with you on this! Theoretically upgrades shouldn't need to be too difficult, heck you can sort of do them "by hand" if you know what files you need and more specifically, what /parts/ of the files are needed... I'm specifically talking about passwd, shadow, group & gshadow, and paths such as /home, /root, etc. Of course there's also the "individual applications' config files, which can still be worked out. I've been thinking about this and it shouldn't be too difficult, but have been told time and time again that such a feat is impractical and nonsensical in the long run. I'm not convinced, but, then again it could be made possible for an automatic upgrade process to also be clean enough... I'll give it a bit more thought and maybe post an RFE on Bgzilla about the issue.

The current thinking (which I agree with) favors Anaconda-based upgrading with a new and improved online component, rather than yum-based upgrading. Take a look at the following feature proposal:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/PreUpgrade

Think about your use cases in the context of this feature, and maybe add any comments you have to the wiki page itself.

--g

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