How and when to update server aps?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by edge, May 26, 2006.

  1. edge

    edge HowtoForge Supporter


    I've got Fedora RC4 now about 4 months on the server, and till now I've not done any 'real' updates. (install used: perfect_setup_fedora_core_4)

    I'm only using Fedora RC4 with ISPconfig, and all the extra stuff that was needed to run ISPconfig (Apache 2.0.54, Postfix 2.2.2, BIND9.3.1, proftpd 1.210, MySQL 4.1.16, PHP 5.1.4, phpMyAdmin 2.6.4-pl3, Webmin 1.260 and Webalizer 2.01)

    The only updates that I have done are the one that come with the new ISPconfig 2.2.3 (PHP, ClamAV, ect. ect.)

    Now with Windows, you get this nice Windows update that is checking every day/hr if there is an update..

    Now how do you do this with Fedora RC4?

    Should I do a "yum check-update" and than a "yum install packagename", or is there some script that I can run to make sure that I've always got the system up to date?

    Also.. As my system is running really nice now (after a lot of tweaking) I do not wat to lose the 'system' tweaks. Will this be okay after a yum action?

    A thing that I do not want to do is update from RC4 to RC5!

    Thank you....
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator

    Normally your configuration files do not get replaced, but you can never know... :(

    I don't have a Fedora system here right now. You can run
    man yum
    man up2date
    That might give you some hints. Maybe you can create a cron job that checks for updates once per night.
  3. edge

    edge HowtoForge Supporter

    Thanks falko,

    yum and up2date does look like what I need to use, but do I need to do this for every package separate?

    Ant Fedora users here who can help?..

    One more thing... I've got a server here (at the momen with Windows 2003 server), that I might reinstall with Debian.

    Falko.. As you are a Debian user.. Do you think that Debina will install fine (without recompiling things) on a Dell Poweredge with dual Xeon 2.8 GHz and a 3ware RAID1 card? I do not want to run it in 64bit mode!
    The server also got 4GB of memory, but I do not really see that as a problem thing.
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator

    Isn't there a command that let's you update all packages, something like apt-get upgrade on Debian?

    I think the RAID card might cause problems, and maybe the 4GB of RAM. Just try it...

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