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Bug 11153 - freshen downloads packages it doesn't need
freshen downloads packages it doesn't need
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2000-05-01 15:37 EDT by Joshua Jensen
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-01 15:37:36 EDT
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Description Joshua Jensen 2000-05-01 15:37:36 EDT
This is really a bandwidth bug.  Even if I have previously run rpm freshen
on my system against an updates ftp site... rpm will download *all* the
packages, even when it should be able to see that I already have updated
most of those packages.  If everyone had a T1 or an OC-3 connection, this
wouldn't be (much) of an issue.  But, rpm *should* be able to tell by
remote filename that I _already_ have that version of the pakcage on my

Joshua Jensen

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2000-07-24 15:56:21 EDT
There's a chicken-egg problem here, as rpm must download at least the header in
to find out the internal package name-version-release, file names, in general,
cannot be
used. In the future, other poilicies, such as permitting --freshen to update,
for example,
only signed packages, or only packages that do not containg file /bim/bang/boom,
going to be needed as well, and that information cannot be gleaned from the file
alone. However, I will try to limit the information transferred to simply the
header when
implementing those --freshen policies.

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