on software updates

Florian Weimer fweimer at redhat.com
Wed Feb 4 06:39:56 UTC 2015

On 02/03/2015 07:22 PM, Adam Williamson wrote:
> 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.

It happens for downstreams.

Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security

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