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Re: How long to setup a new system?


David Kramer wrote: 
> Because no one Fedora repository (livna, atrpms, freshrpms..) has 
> everything I needed, I ended up with some nasty conflicts that took me 
> close to three hours to resolve.  Following the assorted mailing 
> lists, it's clear there are frequent battles between atrpms and livna 
> that leave packages compiled with different options, or broken out 
> differently.  I even found packages with dependencies that weren't 
> even anywhere in the repository. 

I used to find that frustrating, too, a couple years ago. But a few tweaks 
over the past couple years made those issues disappear. 

First, yum-protectbase adds protection to the core repos, so I can tell 
yum not to upgrade a core package from a third-party repo. Second, 
I standardized on the rpmforge repo for most third-party add-ons, and 
disabled other third-party repos by default; then I only enable them on 
the command-line when I want to install specific packages from them, e.g. 

    sudo yum --enablerepo=atrpms install mplayer 

Third, I only use Fedora for desktop and laptop installs, and CentOS or 
for server installs. 

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