Automated update/distribution - feature request

Jacek Konieczny jajcus at
Wed Aug 8 19:24:06 CEST 2001

On Wed, Aug 08, 2001 at 10:05:08AM -0700, Bob Van Cleef wrote:
> I've played with both the debian and redhat automated update tools,
> but they both lack two things that I would love to see.
> 1 - reporting versions
>     Even though both check the version numbers of the installed
>     and available packages, neigther of them tell you what they
>     found.  I'd like at least the ability to select a package and
>     ask what version is installed and what is available.

poldek --shcmd="ls -ltr" | less

May do what you want. This is a command I run every day :-)

> 2 - verification of installation
>     I would love to be able to select a package that is "at the
>     current level" and be able to verify that it is actually 
>     installed correctly or that a binary hasn't been corrupted.
>    (sort of a tripwire test, but against the RPM, not a local database)
Verifying from localy available package should be no problem:

rpm -Vp package.rpm

I don't know if apt has any verification implemented, but poldek doesn't
support this, and it probably will never do. It would probably require
much more data to be downloaded with poldek's index.


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