[Yum] Retrieving packages from Red Hat Network

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Dec 10 22:10:13 UTC 2003

On Wed, 10 Dec 2003, Jim Wildman wrote:

> On Wed, 10 Dec 2003, Ian Masterson wrote:
> > 
> > Unfortunately, we'd have the same problem as running 'up2date -d'. The RHN
> > proxy only caches those packages which have been requested by clients. It
> > doesn't seem to be any easier to get all packages from an RHN proxy than
> > it is to do the same directly from RHN.
> So grab an old box, put 'everything' on it and register it.  Or
> designate one of your newer boxes for the same purpose.  And mark, 'save
> packages after installation' and 'retrieve source rpms'.

Or beat RH about the head and ears about wanting a trivial software tool
that doesn't require hundreds of users to burn an entire computer doing
something that is clearly a useful and common thing to do well within
the capabilities of simple software.

That would work even better.

I'm not sure that "everything" would install on any single box.  What
are you going to do about installing smp kernels on a non-SMP box?  What
about add-on packages?  What about package dependency conflicts (which
should not exist, of course:-)?

Maybe they should just provide a button that says "build local yum


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