dnf versus yum

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Wed Jan 8 19:56:14 UTC 2014


Matthew Miller (mattdm at fedoraproject.org) said: 
> I'm a little lost in the thread, but do you mean that yum's protected
> packages functionality is undocumented? If that is what you mean, check the
> man page. It says:
> 
>   protected_packages  This  is  a list of packages that yum should
>   never completely remove. They are  protected  via  Obsoletes  as
>   well as user/plugin removals.
> 
>   The  default  is:  yum  glob:/etc/yum/protected.d/*.conf  So any
>   packages which should be protected can do so by including a file
>   in /etc/yum/protected.d with their package name in it.
> 
>   Also  if  this  configuration  is set to anything, then yum will
>   protect the package corresponding to the running version of  the
>   kernel.

While documented, I do find this last bit of behavior extremely odd and
non-intuitive. (And hardcoded, no less.)

Bill


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