[Mageia-discuss] mageiaupdate and the list of updates

Anne nicolas ennael at mageia.org
Sat Jul 2 20:29:37 CEST 2011

2011/7/2 Romain d'Alverny <rdalverny at gmail.com>:
> Le 2 juil. 2011 à 17:14, andre999 <andr55 at laposte.net> a écrit :
>> Suppose during the update process you have a check box to put a particular update on the skip list, or another to uninstall the corresponding package.
> That would be an interesting option to investigate.
>> Note that if you can't uninstall a package because it is required, it is usually inadvisable skip updates, unless you really understand the issues.
> So the user is stuck: unadvisable to skip the updates, unless she understands the issues => just make the update automatic in a background task by default then; one doesn't care about the issues - or won't have a single clue about it either, unless being a specific type of user that would know how to disable this auto update setting anyway).
>> Changing when the password is requested would reduce the security for the system, as unauthorised users could see what is installed.
> Unauthorised users using an authorised session, to be more specific.
> Security is important. But that's orthogonal to a pleasant/efficient experience. Which is important too. We are aiming at making things for people.
>> This may not affect you personnally, but such an option would best not be the default, to protect other systems.  So it could be more complicated than the changes suggested above, and would only save you a few seconds.
> "a few seconds" is already a lot for everyone (and even more if the notification breaks your focus). Multiply this by the times such a notification occurs for a typical desktop system, you have a lot of valuable time wasted here.
> That's not such a ludicrous idea; improving the person experience with the system so she can focus on her task and not on the tool is clearly one of our goals.

> But indeed, perhaps it only requires making this more obvious (that is, integrated in the user flow and interface), how to use the existing options.

Imho those 2 things are bad ideas:

- having updates in background: Interesting thing in Linux is to learn
people about their system. If they do not want details, then fine we
can just a way to switch from general mode to detailed one.
- giving the possibility of adding easily packages to skip.list is the
best way to break updates of end users systems. They will skip some
updates when it's too long for example, without really being aware of
what they do. Then if an incoming update depends on a specific version
of skipped package it will just break.  I would rather add this as an
advanced option in rpmdrake

> Romain


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