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Old 07-28-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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What exactly does test mean in an rpm name? (RPMFORGE)

So I have CentOS 5 with Nagios installed from the RPM Forge repositories and I found something from security focus that says I should upgrade to a 3.1.x version of Nagios. The upgrade does not show up if I do a "yum upgrade", so I looked in repositories manually by package and found nagios-3.1.0-1.el5.test.i386.rpm from 27-Jan-2009 00:27 ( I'm thinking this doesn't show up in my upgrade path since the package name has "test" in it. Is this a normal part of the package release process for CentOS? It seems like if this package has been around since January it would have been moved over to the regular package name by now, but I'm not really sure the deal is. Can anyone help me understand this? Thanks for any help.
Old 07-28-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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enable rpmfusion too says something else....there are lots of newer rpms ...go for the latest

test is 'not necessarily stable'
Old 07-28-2009, 12:42 PM   #3
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RHEL/Centos is a enterprise level OS. This means that the testing cycle is usually much more rigourous than it is for the development distros, like Fedora. Which is why packages for RHEL/Centos tend to lag behind Fedora(etc) by a year(or often more).

There is very little available for RHEL/Centos from rpmfusion. You can look at the EPEL repo (ran through the Fedora project). ATRPMS is also available for RHEL/Centos(and is much better behaved on RHEL/Centos than it is on Fedora).


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