[ILUG] Service packs for linux?
kevin at suberic.net
Tue Oct 5 14:12:48 IST 1999
Jeremy Smyth spoke thusly:
>Has anyone spoken about getting an equivalent service-pack type thing for
>What would be involved in knocking the "21 patches" into one?? Even
>something using autoconf that would check for whatever needed patching would
>be a way to begin.
autoconf wouldn't help here. that's for building a source tree in a
redhat's 6.1 has an autoupdate utility. but for over 3 years there
have been "keep your packaages up to date on your redhat|debian|slackware
box" type scripts. i remember when i first started using redhat linux we
wrote our own. the ui sucked, but i was running it from cron. then
i peeked on the net and saw that such update scripts were their own
little cottage industry with ndozens of them around.
now a days you could easily do it with something like:
wget -some-flags-go-here ftp://updates.redhat.com/path-to-updates
rpm -Fvh *.rpm
then cron could run it once a day/week.
is this simpler then microsoft's service packs? to me, yes. unless the
kernel changes it doesn't require a reboot. it can happen w/o my help.
the files are incremental and i can see what the heck is going on.
anyway, that's what could and in my mind should have been done. now
redhat's autoupdate feature should make it even easier. i wonder if this
test will discuss the new feature and start using it. perhaps each of
us should ask the pcweek people about that....
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