Some thoughts on Redhat's package management and update procedures
follow. I didn't get any response about this on redhat-list -mailinglist,
so I thought this might be a better channel to introduce some ideas.
I have been administering Redhat boxes for over four years now. Recently,
I have noticed more and more that there's still one important component
I'd very much like to be able to select RPM's I want to install / want to
get uninstalled by categories like in Redhat installer even without running
the installer (ie. with an RPM management util). I believe some of
this (selecting/deselecting by Group defined in RPM, e.g.
Applications/Archiving) is done in current X utils (text interface
would be a huge plus), but still there are a couple of major functionality
features to be considered.
I'd like deselecting/selecting of RPM's by installer categories also (as
read from RedHat/base/comps) or similarly defined file. This would be
a great help for people that realize later on that they'd really need a web
server, forgot to choose development packages in install, etc. No need
for re-installations or manual playing with RPM's after that.
Also, along the same lines.. an extension of above. I'd very much if the
some parts of redhat installer was released as a normal userland
program. You could do updates without booting and having to go through
your partitions and other cruft. That'd be really neat; a little like with
FreeBSD /stand/sysinstall. Also, creating a centralized summary (e.g.
unified diff, or anything but just mere filenames) of .rpmsave and
.rpmnew changes would be a nice addition here; e.g. compare with the
really powerful _script_ mergemaster from FreeBSD -- Redhat could use
something like that.
Updaters like AutoRPM do some of the above, but they can't handle
situations where new packages appear / are renamed very well, not
considering the usual hassle with .rpmsave .rpmnew etc. configuration files
after such an exhaustive upgrade.
Filed for future feature release.
Moving to RESOVLED - DEFERRED from CLOSED - DEFERRED
Assigning to distribution component.
I'm going to assign this to katzj, since it seems very similar to what he's
*** Bug 28013 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
redhat-config-packages basically does the really doable parts of this