I started some threads in the CM forum, but didn't get many responses:
Maybe we can collate all knowledge regarding unix patching here, or place links in this thread, so there is a single location?
From what I can find out, only Solaris and HP-UX actually distribute cross reference files that you can parse and pull data from.
Thanks Josh! All I need now is for the AIX equivalent.
If there's an AIX equivalent, please let me know. I haven't been able to find a thing for AIX or Red Hat.
For RedHat they (RH) want you to use up2date with their (pay) RedCarpet service.
I have gotten around this on my home systems (not worth paying for the per-machine service) by using yum and an alternative repository. A Google search for "RHAS3" or "RHEL3" and "yum repository" should yeild some options. If you want a list of available packages you can generate it by running yum with a query. It can also resolve dependancies, but you have to download the actual package headers to do it.
Not quite as elegant as the "here's a list with prerequisites and deprications", but it works.
I have a customer request for RedHat up2date or Ximian Red Carpet integration. Do we have anyone using these products with BladeLogic, or using other RedHat patch management products?
Here is a KB article that describes an integration technique I used for patching solaris systems using PatchPro.
The same technique could be used for up2date for linux, and I am planning on doing it at some point for BladeLogic.com.