[Mageia-discuss] mageiaupdate and the list of updates

andre999 andr55 at laposte.net
Sat Jul 2 03:22:57 CEST 2011

Renaud MICHEL a écrit :
> On vendredi 01 juillet 2011 at 21:39, Antoine Pitrou wrote :
>> It would be nice if mageiaupdate displayed the list of available
>> updates before asking for a password. That way you don't have to
>> bother typing it in if you aren't interested in these specific updates.
> Why wouldn't you be interested in the updates?
> It only propose updates for packages that are installed on your system, if
> there are updates for those packages it is for security reason, or bugfix.
> Why would you want to keep insecure or buggy softwares?

In general, I would agree, but there are times an update introduces more 
problems, and it will keep being proposed even when it is not wanted.
(Sure, one can edit a skip file after obtaining root privileges, but most users 
won't know about it.  And subsequent updates with the same problem will still be 
And other times a "security" update is totally useless - like on documentation 
packages when there is no change in functionality.  Or security issues regarding 
a function that is not used.
If bandwidth is limited, why waste time and bandwidth on something that at best 
isn't needed ?

That said, it doesn't seem that onerous to enter a password.


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