Linux Distrobutions?

Ugo Bellavance ugob at CAMO-ROUTE.COM
Mon Nov 3 23:35:32 GMT 2003

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Kevin Spicer [mailto:kevins at BMRB.CO.UK]
> Envoyé : Monday, November 03, 2003 6:20 PM
> Objet : Re: Linux Distrobutions?
> On Mon, 2003-11-03 at 22:54, Paul wrote:
> So, which distro offers automatic updating, a la Up2Date?  I 
> don't mind
> paying for it, but I'd prefer it to be a one-off charge, 
> unlike RH, who
> are offering me this:
> Mandrake has urpmi (which IMHO is great, if a little under 
> used)  theres
> also the Mandrake Update GUI tool, but I don't run GUIs on servers.
> What I like about urpmi is that a) its scriptable b) you can use urpmq
> to check for updates before installing them  c) you can mirror the ftp
> site locally and use that to update/ install from.
> I basically do this every night (wrapped in some scripting)...
> fmirror  (on the updates ftp site to copy the files locally on 1
> machine)
> urpmi.update -a  (On each machine to refresh the package list)
> urpmq --update --auto-select (To produce a list of updated packages
> which is then mailed to me)
> Every morning I review any updates for each server (typically not many
> as I run stripped down machines) and either test them on a 
> test machine,
> or if they're not updating anything that worries me just do...
> urpmi --update -auto-select
> to install them.\

You can do the exact same thing with apt-get

Something like 

apt-get update
apt-get -d -y upgrade, emailed to you.

> BTW I had to use RedHat for something recently and wasn't 
> very impressed
> with up2date (although maybe I just don't know how to use it well?).
> Doubtless others will sing the praises of apt-get on Debian (and
> probably with good cause)

Well, don't wait and try apt-get for redhat...

I think yum and autoupdate might do the same thing.


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