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I followed this link on how to create my own yum repository for base install and update purposes. If you notice, why would I need a 5 folder on top of 5.4? My installation at the moment is all 5.4, so when I ran "yum update" it wanted to go to instead of picking up the 5.4 directory. Is 5 basically 5.4 w/ the most updated packages for that tree? meaning, if 5.5 comes out, 5 would be the latest and greatest and if I wanted to track 5.4, I would still need a 5.4 folder to track changes with?

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Typically, within 5, there are symlinks to the latest version of CentOS 5. With older versions, the main number directory was the symlink.

With my local repo, I follow this convention. That way, I can rsync the latest version without having to manually update all my server's yum.conf when a new version is released.

Updates to the distribution are included within 5/updates.

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So rsyncing 5.4 and 5 is basically the same thing (at the moment until new version is out)? If i follow the site I found the tutorial on, he's rsyncing both 5 and 5.4, but until a new version of 5.x comes out, having to rsync two diff repo is pointless, no? – luckytaxi Mar 31 '10 at 20:54
So with an older version of RHEL/Centos, I'll have to substitute $releasever with "4.3" or "4.5" if 4.8 is the latest? – luckytaxi Mar 31 '10 at 20:58
I would sync 5, create a complete copy as "5.4," and resync updates to 5. When 5.5 comes out, you would have a manual step of creating a copy of 5 as 5.5. But, if you don't have a requirement of keeping 5.4 around, you could just rsync to latest which would automatically change with new releases. – Warner Mar 31 '10 at 22:06

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