A Fedora release has many stages in its life.
- An embryo in rawhide,
- A larva in alpha/beta/rc modes,
- A pupa at release time
- A short mature life as an imago while the next release is in its pupil stage.
- Then like all things, the release shuffles off this mortal coil and gets moved to the afterlife in the Fedora Archives.
- Before version N+2 goes into beta, hardlink copy with cp -l the version N from /pub/fedora/linux/releases/N into /pub/archive/fedora/linux/N. This allows for any mirrors who do slow updates of the archive tree to start getting the data moved over in their trees.
- A couple of weeks after version N+2 has been released, version N is End of Lifed and no more updates will be done. At this point we can do a hardlink copy of /pub/fedora/linux/updates/N and /pub/fedora/linux/updates/testing/N to /pub/archive
- A week later we log into the mirrormanager tool and change the point where F-N updates are pointing to the archive version. This means that systems still looking for updates will not get 404's but will be directed to a mirror of the archives.
- We then remove the data from the main Fedora disk space.
|An end of life release|