On Mon, 6 Aug 2007, Jeff Sheltren wrote:
On Jul 27, 2007, at 8:48 AM, Michael DeHaan wrote:
>I haven't looked at these packages yet, but I'm really glad to see this work
>being done. I mentioned this on #epel a few days ago -- lots of folks will be
>looking for yum to be there.
>The selfish reason for me to want it is that Cobbler
>(http://cobbler.et.redhat.com) uses it for repository management and is
>otherwise broken in EPEL (http://cobbler.et.redhat.com
) -- the not so selfish
>reason is tons of RHEL4 users are already using yum for various things
>(including maintaining their own repositories of lots of stuff, including,
>sometimes, updates) and it would be nice if they could get their yum from
>EPEL and use yum with EPEL if they wanted.
The second issue was that RHEL 4 users can't use yum for system updates. Do
we need to provide a wiki page explaining to RHEL users that yum is available
only to fill dependencies and shouldn't be used directly? What are people's
thoughts on this -- especially those that use RHEL? Is it confusing to have
yum if RHEL can't use it to do system updates?
They can, with a tool called mrepo. mrepo can mirror repositories and RHN
channels and provide update packages for different RHEL versions, channels
and archs to an internal network (or the local system).
For a single system this may be overkill (wrt. harddisk space) but for a
small network of RHEL (or CentOS) systems, the ability to mirror, manage
and browse repositories is a joy.
Besides, in no production environment do you want to enable a repository
like RPMforge or EPEL (or even RHEL) without first testing these packages.
So you need a way to move packages from a mirrored repository to a
staging/testing/production repository on a case to case basis.
mrepo allows you to do that with little configuration.
You can find mrepo at:
(there is work underway to also support NLD/SLES automatically, which is
currently only mildly supported or requires manual steps)
-- dag wieers, dag(a)wieers.com, http://dag.wieers.com/
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