[Yum] ranking the stability of RPMs

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at mindspring.com
Sun Dec 28 10:55:41 UTC 2003


  while this is probably supposed to be obvious, i want to update my yum
doc and i want to clarify the different flavors of RPMs. different yum
repositories sometimes have subtlely different directory layouts but the
general structure of RPMs in terms of stability seems to be:

updates/
updates-testing/

stable/
testing/
unstable/

  as i read it, the definitions are:

updates/		approved updates to distro-included RPMs
updates-testing/	test updates to distro-included RPMs (that is, 
			equivalent to rawhide but only for those RPMs 
			that came with the distro in the first place)

stable/			stable add-ons
testing/		test versions of add-ons(?)
unstable/		even more bleeding-edge versions of add-ons(?)

  is this about right?  are these categories actually defined anywhere?
and how does a package graduate from testing or unstable to stable?  whose
decision is it?

  just curious about the details.

rday





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