Selective Updates

Bernd Stramm bernd.stramm at
Wed May 5 02:00:29 UTC 2010

On Tue, 04 May 2010 21:08:23 -0400
Matt McCutchen <matt at> wrote:

> On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 17:44 -0400, Bernd Stramm wrote:
> > Too costly with the current tools, I have no doubt. The method you
> > describe doesn't look manageable, you're right.
> > 
> > Perhaps I should go research packaging systems and strategies, there
> > may be demand for more customizable systems. This is basically the
> > same problem as people generating their own spins.
> > 
> > I was thinking about filtering the updates suggested by the current
> > system. That is more or less what someone has to do manually today
> > if they want to experiment with advanced versions of a particular
> > package.
> Users who want to be adventurous with particular packages already have
> options.  They can install the rawhide version (rebuilding it against
> older libraries if necessary) or install from the upstream source.  I
> do this regularly.  But Fedora's resources are better focused on
> supporting a single repository per release.

Of course users can do it manually themselves, we all know that. Users
can, and do, also install tar.gz packages, bypassing the packaging
system altogether. 

And making a more heterogenous set of individualized custom spins is
not what you want to do for enterprise products in production
environments. So the part of Red Hat that is geared towards enterprise
level products has to focus on that. An open question is if all of
fedora should be following that route as well. You favour that approach.

Bernd Stramm
<bernd.stramm at>

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