Specifying How Yum Downloads Updates
pocallaghan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 03:13:30 UTC 2009
On Wed, 2009-04-15 at 20:52 -0400, Robert L Cochran wrote:
> On 04/15/2009 08:45 PM, Robert L Cochran wrote:
> > On 04/15/2009 06:56 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> >> Robert L Cochran wrote:
> >>> I didn't realize this was such an issue with people. It seems sort of
> >>> like bicycle buying to me. Some people want performance bikes, some
> >>> want
> >>> road bikes. Some want expensive ones and others want cheap models.
> >>> Maybe
> >>> I'll try downloading the yum source and see if I can reinstate the
> >>> download-by-package size option. I can live with the download
> >>> alphabetically option, but I really did like getting most of the
> >>> packages downloaded within a few minutes at most with the larger stuff
> >>> coming last. I always check what Yum wants to download first before I
> >>> answer 'y' to continuing, so I know perfectly well what packages are
> >>> coming in.
> >> I consider this "smallest first" behavior to be horribly deceptive and
> >> misleading (it makes you believe you're much farther into the
> >> download than
> >> you actually are) and I'm glad it got changed to something more logical.
> >> Kevin Kofler
> > The former way worked fine. There was no deception: recall that when a
> > package is being downloaded, there are two percentage figures shown on
> > the console output line. The first shows how complete the total
> > download is. The second shows how complete the download for that
> > particular package is. You could see reasonably accurate numbers right
> > there. Many other software update utilities such as Microsoft Update
> > don't show that much detail. And the way yum ordered downloads caused
> > no one any problems. It is all a matter of perception, I guess!
> > Bob
> I keep forgetting to explain my own habits here. When I start yum, I
> always do it in a terminal so I can look over the packages and get a
> rough idea of whether I can go enjoy a coffee. Others like to use some
> form of graphical updater and I suppose they don't display the detailed
> download information that the console output does.
I do the same as you (yum from a terminal) but I much prefer the new
scheme. I find it easier to track how the process is going. Go figure.
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