Re: To update or not to update? Fedora 9
- From: Artnut <art@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 06:22:34 +0200 (CEST)
On Fri, 01 Aug 2008 17:30:03 +0000, Bob Tennent wrote:
On Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:13:10 +0200 (CEST), Artnut wrote:
> Upon doing a sudo yum update I get
> the following....
> html2ps noarch 1.0-0.1.b5.fc9 updates
> 92 k
> java-1.5.0-gcj-javadoc i386 22.214.171.124-21.fc9 fedora
> 27 M
> libpaper i386 1.1.23-2.fc9 fedora
> 34 k
> mesa-dri-drivers i386 7.1-0.37.fc9 updates
> 2.1 M
> selinux-policy-devel noarch 3.3.1-79.fc9 updates
> 555 k
> setools-console i386 3.3.4-1.fc9 fedora
> 362 k
> setools-libs i386 3.3.4-1.fc9 fedora
> 446 k
> unique i386 0.9.4-5.fc9 updates
> 32 k
> Transaction Summary
> Install 15 Package(s)
> Update 381 Package(s)
> Remove 0 Package(s)
> Total size: 812 M
> Total download size: 802 M
The Summary says 381 packages are going to be upgraded (and 15 new ones
installed because of dependencies). Your list has only 8 packages. ????
> Now 812 or 802 MB is a crazy size humongous for my lousy connection
> which might take a considerable long time to download. So how do I
> figure out which packages need to be mandatorily updated for a more
> secure system? I did a yum list updates which lists quiet a few
> updates which, according to me needs not be updated. But then there
> are lots of dependencies involved too and the last thing I need now
> is to miss out on any dep and screw up this hitherto finely running
Updates are mostly for security reasons, though I'd guess kde-4.0 -> 4.1
is being planned because kde-4.0 was a disaster. At the present time,
full packages are needed to do updates. Delta packages are being
planned, but I'd be suspicious until all the bugs are out; incomplete
updates are a reliable way to bork your system.
Run the update overnight. Or make an arrangement with a friend that has
broadband access to get updates from him/her on a CD.
Unless you're really familiar with Linux and are willing to delve into
the security reasons behind the updates, I wouldn't recommend trying to
be selective. In principle, you could just do
sudo yum update setools-libs selinux-policy-devel ...
if you wanted to just update those packages. The dependencies will be
looked after by yum.
The 8 packages were copy pasted sop as to minimise the display size of
all the packages. By selective, I mean entire package update of one
group, for instance SELinux, so everything related to it I will choose. I
wonder why I need bluez-utils....so I might skip them. Just hoping for
the best. Thanks indeed for the help to you and all.
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