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In looking at the various FAQs, I haven't seen an answer to this, so I
thought I would pose it here. Where/how do the CentOS maintainers get
the SRPMS from the upstream vendor? The reason I ask is more a
question of given DVDs of all the SRPMs, how does one go about
spinning up an installable ISO? I'm thinking from the perspective of
rolling my own ISO until CentOS 6 came out.

Thanks,

-Coy

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  • Dag Wieers at Mar 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    On Thu, 24 Mar 2011, Coy Hile wrote:

    In looking at the various FAQs, I haven't seen an answer to this, so I
    thought I would pose it here. Where/how do the CentOS maintainers get
    the SRPMS from the upstream vendor? The reason I ask is more a
    question of given DVDs of all the SRPMs, how does one go about
    spinning up an installable ISO? I'm thinking from the perspective of
    rolling my own ISO until CentOS 6 came out.
    You can find these at:

    ftp://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/linux/enterprise/

    --
    -- dag wieers, dag at wieers.com, http://dag.wieers.com/
    -- dagit linux solutions, info at dagit.net, http://dagit.net/

    [Any errors in spelling, tact or fact are transmission errors]
  • Les Mikesell at Mar 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    On 3/24/2011 11:49 AM, Coy Hile wrote:
    In looking at the various FAQs, I haven't seen an answer to this, so I
    thought I would pose it here. Where/how do the CentOS maintainers get
    the SRPMS from the upstream vendor? The reason I ask is more a
    question of given DVDs of all the SRPMs, how does one go about
    spinning up an installable ISO? I'm thinking from the perspective of
    rolling my own ISO until CentOS 6 came out.
    The srpms are here: http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/,
    but note that the build is non-trivial and has already been done by
    Scientific Linux (http://www.scientificlinux.org/). Their version isn't
    as exact a copy of the upstream binaries as CentOS plans to produce but
    it is suitable for general use and likely better than anyone could do as
    their first attempt.

    --
    Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com
  • Scott Silva at Mar 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    on 3/24/2011 9:49 AM Coy Hile spake the following:
    In looking at the various FAQs, I haven't seen an answer to this, so I
    thought I would pose it here. Where/how do the CentOS maintainers get
    the SRPMS from the upstream vendor? The reason I ask is more a
    question of given DVDs of all the SRPMs, how does one go about
    spinning up an installable ISO? I'm thinking from the perspective of
    rolling my own ISO until CentOS 6 came out.

    Thanks,

    -Coy
    That is like asking " I have a scalpel, how do I do brain surgery in the mirror?"
    Getting the scalpel is easy... It is the magic of actually producing a working
    distro that is the difficult part. If it was easy enough for every one to do
    it, it would already be out and sync'd to the mirrors.
  • Nico Kadel-Garcia at Mar 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM, Scott Silva wrote:
    on 3/24/2011 9:49 AM Coy Hile spake the following:
    In looking at the various FAQs, I haven't seen an answer to this, so I
    thought I would pose it here. ?Where/how do the CentOS maintainers get
    the SRPMS from the upstream vendor? The reason I ask is more a
    question of given DVDs of all the SRPMs, how does one go about
    spinning up an installable ISO? ?I'm thinking from the perspective of
    rolling my own ISO until CentOS 6 came out.

    Thanks,

    -Coy
    That is like asking " I have a scalpel, how do I do brain surgery in the mirror?"
    Getting the scalpel is easy... It is the magic of actually producing a working
    distro that is the difficult part. If it was easy enough for every one to do
    it, it would already be out and sync'd to the mirrors.
    Speaking of which.

    Would it be possible to publish the currently used "build" scripts,
    and mock configuration files, in the centos/5.5/build/ repository? And
    expire the clearly out-of-date or duplicated files there? It would
    help reduce confusion for those of us who *do* know quite a lot about
    brain surgery.

    (Oddly enough, I do know something about brain surgery. The sound of
    the pneumatic drill used on human skulls to avoid electrical problems,
    and the smell of overheated bone as it is drilled away is.... an
    interesting memory.)

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