on software updates

Adam Williamson adamwill at fedoraproject.org
Tue Feb 3 18:22:14 UTC 2015


On Mon, 2015-02-02 at 10:50 -0500, Miloslav Trma─Ź wrote:
> > On 31 January 2015 at 21:57, Casey Jao <casey.jao at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Are there any plans to let packages specify that they do not 
> > > require a total
> > > system reboot to be updated?
> > 
> > Yes, see https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/SandboxedApps -- 
> > basically, you can't do updates of rpm-sourced system-wide app 
> > deployments without a reboot in a safe way.
> 
> There are classes of RPMs that definitely can be done without a 
> reboot in a safe way (documentation-only; packages with a single 
> executable and no libraries / separate data files; and quite a few 
> other cases), and letting packagers opt them in to being updated 
> without a reboot seems like a clear improvement on the status quo.

It'd only be an improvement if users often saw a set of updates which 
*only* contained such packages. In my experience that rarely if ever 
happens.
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