[BESAdmin-Announcements] Patches for RHEL: RHSM Download Plug-in and RHSM Download Cacher updated (version

Announcements for BES Administrators besadmin-announcements at bigmail.bigfix.com
Tue Jun 6 02:48:59 PDT 2017

The RHSM Download Plug-in tool and RHSM Download Cacher have been updated
with the following enhancements:

RHSM Download Plug-in
The Automated Repository Blacklist has been added to enhance the existing
repository blacklist function.

Running --check-baserepos prompts users if they want to update the
allowrepos.cfg file with the result from base repository test. Using the
Repository Blacklist helps with performance improvement and reduction of
unnessesary logs.

RHSM Download Cacher
Space-saving benchmarks have been established with the use of the

Using the --sha1_download_dir have shown significant decrease in storage
size, download size, and time when caching multiple repositories of the
same RHEL version. This is because many packages are duplicated among
repositories with the same RHEL version (server-6-x86_64,
workstation-6-x86_64, client-6-x86_64). Space is not saved if you only
cache a single repository for each RHEL version, such as caching
server-6-x86_64, server-7-x86_64.

            Caching server-6-x86_64, workstation-6-x86_64 (with
           Total Repo Metadata and Packages will take up 84.2 GB of space
instead of 158.3 GB (45% space saved)

           Caching server-6-x86_64, workstation-6-x86_64, client-6-x86_64
(with --sha1_download_dir):
           Total Repo Metadata and Packages will take up 85 GB of space
instead of 235 GB (63% space saved).

Updated Tools Versions:
RHSM Download Plug-in, version
RHSM Download Cacher, version

Actions to take:
Update to RHSM Download Plug-in version by using the Manage
Download Plug-ins dashboard.
Download the updated RHSM Download Cacher here: http://ibm.co/1WtNC6W.

Published site version:
Patching Support, version 755.

Application Engineering Team
IBM BigFix
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