Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 458131
RFE: include yum-fastestmirror plugin.
Last modified: 2009-01-20 17:05:36 EST
Currently RHEL does not include the yum-fastestmirror plugin. This makes sense as long as yum is only using with RHN; hower once other repositories, like EPEL, are in use, it would be nice to be able to use yum-fastestmirror.
I already filed a similar RFE against EPEL - bug 457978. It would have made more sense to include yum-fastestmirror in EPEL instead of RHEL, however since this plugin is a part of the yum-utils package that is already a part of RHEL, including it in EPEL is problematic per bug 457978 comment #1.
Given that there a few plugins we don't distribute in RHEL, I think the correct fix is to have an EPEL yum-utils build that just produces the sub-packages we don't have in RHEL.
However I think the reason fastestmirror wasn't included by default was: 1) It wasn't as well tested/fixed as it is now. 2) RHEL/RHN doesn't use it. 3) MirrorManager should (hopefully) eventually obviate the need for it.
#1 isn't true anymore, so I think I'm going to include it for 5.3 (although not force it like CentOS).
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