Relevant update notification for testers {Was: Remove a package from critpath ?}

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed Sep 21 02:24:01 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-09-20 at 21:35 -0400, Samuel Greenfeld wrote:
> I can understand the frustration caused by lesser-used and
> more-obscure items needing karma.  But is there any system at the
> moment which a tester can use which (1) notifies them when items of
> interest are updated (independent of a mass email) and/or (2) can scan
> a user's configuration and determine what hardware and software seems
> to be present and/or used?

I haven't tried it, but you can actually use yum to achieve #1.

See 'man yum.conf' and read the section on repositories, and the options
you can specify for them:

exclude Same as the [main] exclude  option  but  only  for  this
repository.   Substitution  variables, described below, are hon‐
ored here.

includepkgs Inverse of exclude. This is a list of  packages  you
want  to  use  from  a repository. If this option lists only one
package then that is all yum will ever see from the  repository.
Defaults  to  an  empty list.  Substitution variables, described
below, are honored here.

so you can edit the updates-testing repo definition to include a list of
packages you want to test with 'includepkgs', and yum will only get
*those* packages from updates-testing - it won't get anything else.

I'm not sure if gnome-packagekit would honor the config. And, again, I
haven't tested this. But it looks like what you want.
Adam Williamson
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