[Haifux] Mirroring Fedora repositories for rainy days

Eli Billauer eli at billauer.co.il
Thu Jan 13 23:52:53 MSK 2011

Thanks, Nadav.

Even though this didn't put me off 100%, your remark is valuable indeed.

Since my choice of distribution and unwillingness to upgrade becomes an 
issue all the time, I'll put it short: I prefer to stick to a certain 
distro and solve its problem over upgrading all the time exchanging one 
problem with another. Not to mention that I run external applications 
and homegrown scripts that may or may not survive an upgrade. Therefore 
it doesn't matter how soon the distro phases out, since I'm going to run 
it several years after that anyhow. The choice of Fedora was because 
it's popular and hence discussed widely in newsgroups, and I didn't want 
Ubuntu for reasons as rational as anyone's in those matters.

As a matter of fact, there's an advantage of running a phased-out 
distro: If I want to install a new application with yum, I'm not 
automatically forced to upgrade other packages because of new 
dependencies. That is an advantage for someone who considers an upgrade 
an opportunity to break something that worked. Which, as you know, 
happens every now and then.

Nadav Har'El wrote:
> Unless you're 100% sure that you really want to do this, I don't think you
> need to do this at all.
> If you look at
> http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-12&arch=i386
> you'll see that dozens of mirrors still keep Fedora 12. If you look
> further back, Fedora 7 still has 5 mirrors, and Fedora Core 2 (more than
> 6 years old) still has 4 mirrors.
> For example,
> 	http://archive.fedoraproject.org/pub/archive/fedora/linux/
> appear to be archiving all Fedora versions that ever existed, since 2003.
> Note, by the way, that you don't need to do anything special to your
> yum configuration to use these mirrors. The standard yum configuration
> used the aforementioned mirrorlist link to find all the available mirrors
> for your release.

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