[Yum] request clarification

seth vidal skvidal at phy.duke.edu
Thu May 1 18:21:05 UTC 2003

On Thu, 2003-05-01 at 14:16, nathan r. hruby wrote:
> On 1 May 2003, seth vidal wrote:
> > 
> > But if he pointed his system at an 8.0 repo and did yum update then
> > obsoletes are not consulted (only consulted in yum upgrade) and it would
> > throw a hissy fit. Additionally the rpm statements there reek of a 7.X
> > to 8.0 upgrade, possibly 9.
> > 
> Errr... when you say 'reeks' am I to take it that yum for major number 
> version upgrades is a bad idea?  (Well, yes, *upgrades* are a bad idea in 
> general, but someone always wants to do one anyway - it'd be nice if I 
> had an answer for them :)

I've done them from 7.1->7.3 and now from 7.3->9 but major version
updates are given to packaging errors (someone forgets that name of foo
is now bar so bar needs to obsolete foo, etc)

So occasionally it takes some concerted effort to watch for which pkgs
have old legacy things that can block an upgrade.

oh and you should always use yum upgrade for a distro-version change.

obsoletes should be consulted in those cases.


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