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Stable Version: 1.6.1, Development Version: 1.7.6
Chapter 4. Client Configuration
Introduction to the Client
When you install a stock Red Hat Linux system, it comes pre-configured to talk
to Red Hat's corporate servers for any registration or update requests. This
makes perfect sense, since the Red Hat servers are the only official place to
obtain system updates for your Red Hat Linux system. With the advent of
Current, however, this configuration becomes a limitation, since there now
exists a way to provide an alternate source of package updates; a way that
works seamlessly with Red Hat's up2date client.
A functioning Current server, however, is somewhat useless without clients that
use it to obtain and install package updates. The clients must then be
told about the new Current server by changing their configuration; there does
not yet exist an intuitive graphical interface for this, so we have to modify
the rhn_register and up2date
configuration files by hand. Fortunately, this is fairly easy, thanks mostly
to the foresight of Red Hat in developing a sane and easy to understand
configuration file for these utilities.