Bug 1279185 - dnf searches in /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo when using --installroot
Summary: dnf searches in /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo when using --installroot
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dnf
Version: 24
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jaroslav Mracek
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Keywords: Reopened
: 1160612 1304887 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2015-11-08 13:29 UTC by Ali Akcaagac
Modified: 2016-10-04 19:14 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2016-07-21 14:15:05 UTC

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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Bugzilla 1163028 None None None Never

Internal Trackers: 1163028

Description Ali Akcaagac 2015-11-08 13:29:28 UTC
I hit a strange behaviour, when using dnf with the --installroot option.

To explain it better, let's use yum for this example:

yum update --installroot=/<somepath>

When issuing this command, the following happens:

1) yum uses the repo files located in /<somepath>/etc/yum.repos.d/.*repo
2) yum uses the cache of /<somepath>/cache/yum.... to store the metadata
3) yum uses the cache of /<somepath>/cache/yum.... to store updated nevra
4) yum uses the cache of /<somepath>/lib/yumdb... to store the db entries

With other words, using --installroot does a full context switch (as I explain it) to a different "root". Not touching the underlaying systems yum.repos.d etc.

This has the advantage, that I can use the real host system (the true one in /) to update a different system (one for systems integration, different updates or other related tasks) in --installroot (which of course can have other .*repo files, other activated ones or disabled ones or other added ones.

When using dnf otoh, it does only steps 2 - 4... sadly dnf searches in the true / (root) directory for repo files. Thus ignoring the repo files found in /<somepath>/yum.repos.d/*.repo.

Temporarely (and contradicting to yum) I have to temporarely copy over the files found in /<somepath>/yum.repos.d/.*repo to /etc/yum.repos.d/ whenever issuing the --installroot command.

With other words... dnf is not correctly switching the context ... when I intend dealing with a different --installroot, then I not only want to store the metadata, cache, downloaded nevra in the installroot but also use the repo files found in the installroots /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

Comment 1 Honza Silhan 2015-11-18 12:18:27 UTC
Thanks for the report. We'll take look.

Comment 2 Jaroslav Mracek 2016-01-13 08:57:46 UTC
This behavior is fixed by pull-request https://github.com/rpm-software-management/dnf/pull/428

Comment 3 Jaroslav Mracek 2016-01-13 14:53:36 UTC
*** Bug 1160612 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4 Jaroslav Mracek 2016-02-15 14:30:09 UTC
*** Bug 1304887 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 5 Mike McCune 2016-03-28 23:16:15 UTC
This bug was accidentally moved from POST to MODIFIED via an error in automation, please see mmccune@redhat.com with any questions

Comment 6 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 18:26:23 UTC
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of
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Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.

Comment 7 Ali Akcaagac 2016-07-19 18:37:41 UTC

Comment 8 Igor Gnatenko 2016-07-21 14:15:05 UTC
Fixed as part of DNF 2.0 which will be available at some point in the near future.

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