[Yum] Re: update or upgrade?
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri Jan 23 16:16:47 UTC 2004
On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Garrick Staples wrote:
> I know it's just my opinion, but I prefer the seperate commands. Updating a
> few packages and upgrading the entire distro are two very different actions,
> and should be reflected as such by the differing commands. The confusion is
> just a documentation problem. Maybe change the command to borrow from debian's
> terminology and use "distupgrade".
I agree, and also think that it is MUCH easier to get "accidentally"
hurt with upgrade (and in the future will be easier to get hurt with
--obsoletes). These seems like the sort of command that should:
a) Ignore the -y flag. Well, OK, maybe not as an admin might want to
upgrade a whole network with a script...I suppose the -y flag in general
is "you better know what you're doing or suffer the consequences"
b) Have a warning/tellmetwice built into it somewhere. One of yum's
many virtues is that it is written pretty carefully to protect the
ignorant from their own thoughtless or uninformed actions. Something
like a little panel that says:
This update will process all obsoletes! This can have unexpected
consequences if a package you rely heavily on is obsoleted! Proceed
anyway (y/N)? -->
More or less force the use of a -y flag OR make them acknowledge the
warning (and then they'll have to approve each action later on as well,
> Garrick Staples, Linux/HPCC Administrator
> University of Southern California
Robert G. Brown http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
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