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Re: Delicately aged RPMs?



On February 20, 2004 09:05 am, Bob Gorman wrote:
> As a connoisseur of RPMs I sometimes like to savor them when lightly aged. 
> As such I maintain a collection of RPMs to have them readily available
> should the need arise to sample yesterdays delicacy.  However, I must admit
> that sometimes RPMs slip away before I have a chance to archive them.  For
> example, let's look at quagga under RHEL3.
>
> The original ISO contains this version:
>   quagga-0.96.2-4.3E.i386.rpm.
>
> The current available version is this:
>   quagga-0.96.2-10.3E.i386.rpm
>
> But, there is an intermediate version:
>   quagga-0.96.2-8.3E.i386.rpm
>
> If I check up2date, the Channels under the RHN web site, and the Update 1
> ISO all I am able to find is the current version.  How does one go about
> acquiring the missing RPM?
>
> I have since discovered that one can tediously maneuver the RHN web site
> and find the lost RPMs via the RPM Search.  However, this interface is
> slow, cumbersome, requires laborious manual effort, and is prone to human
> error. Our precious RPMs are being lost in the oblivion of an end user
> support interface.
>
> I desperately wish for a way to download RPMs in an automated fashion. If
> only there was simple, straight forward way to obtain RPMs our support
> engineers would flourish in the buoyancy of a well stocked RPM archive.
>
> There are secure methods that could be employed to meet this goal. Here is
> a simple example which will meet the business requirements of all parties
> involved:
>
>   wget
> https://user:password download rhn redhat com/download/rhn/private/rhel3-rh
>db/i386/RPMS/*.rpm
>
> Alas, it does not work. RedHat has specifically designed the RHN web site
> to thwart such amenable solutions.  I must resort to desperate acts of
> public pleading.
>
> Please help - functionality is being lost - business requirements are not
> being met - support obligations are going unfulfilled - I fear the worst! 
> What is a RPM enthusiast to do?



have you looked at "up2date -d" and /etc/sysconfig/rhn/sources ?

-- 
Pete Nesbitt, rhce




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