On 04/26/2011 03:06 AM, leo mancini wrote:
> I just want to ask a question… In relation to Software updates…
> (I wish that I could upload a screenshot though not sure how to).
to upload a screen shot, place it on (for example) imagebam.com and then
put the link to it here…
> Anyway within Yast I have for example VLC version 1.1.7-3.pm.17.1
> though within the brackets ie available for upgrade/update I have
> version 1.1.9-1.pm.2.4.
> Now if I were to run Software update the above would not automatically
> be selected for updating.
that is not an update, it is an upgrade [note those are two different
words update vs upgrade] from one version (1.1.7) to a newer one (1.1.9)
the Online Update module does not do “Online Upgrade”, never has…
> Why would this be? In the past I installed
> Gnome Desktop and these update/upgrading options were available (though
> yast), though in KDE (which I am using now) (through yast) they are
the online updater has never offered the ability to online upgrade to
newer versions…only online updates and security fixes
> Now I assume (in theory) that an updated version of a software such as
> VLC should run better or have some bug fixes from the previous version.
that is not an always sound assumption…the new version may directly
conflict with other software in your multimedia setup, and kill it all…
there is NO assurance that a new VLC will work smoothly with everything
else in your system…maybe the new VLC depends on a new sound driver
which may not be automatically installed when you ‘force’ the new VLC
into the system…
> Have I misunderstood what software updates is,
yes, which i tried to explain in my previous post, was i unclear?
> or is this a bug within
> the software package of Yast and it is not running as intended?
no, it is running as intended…
security patches and bug updates are placed in the update repo which is
the only repo the Online Updater ‘looks’ into for updates
the version upgrade of VLC seen via the Software Management module
(which is not connected to the Online Updater module) is in the
packman repo (or maybe one of the others i’d suggest you should
disable…to leave only oss, non-oss, update and packman)
if you wish to install the new VLC, use the Software Management module
and its switch vendor function…but, i don’t know how to do that (and,
suggest until you have a full system backup and sound understanding of
how to back-level, you not learn how to either)…
on the other hand, it IS your system and you are allowed to do to is as
you wish…and, we are allowed to not help you repair the damage you
inflict by ignoring advice…
> PS I understand the advantage of the software update package of not
> selecting all software for updating
you continue to use the word update while talking about upgrade…
> and just selecting the important
> security update features is useful so not to download ginormous amounts
> of data
it is also very useful to not install upgraded software which may
conflict with other software in the system and require you to back
level, or go back to where you were before
> through each reboot, though I just would like some clarification
> / opinions.
now, you have my clarification and opinion…
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