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From Joost Andrae <>
Subject Re: update service - further information for such a service
Date Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:51:53 GMT

> All seems right. One missing point is the query part of the URL,
> a non-WNT feature related to the package format, see
> ${UPDATEURL}?pkgfmt=<pkgformat>
> A web service should analyze the query string, pkgfmt can be rpm or deb
> (in a common Linux install set).

the former Product Update Service differentiated between update URLs 
pointing to a binary location and update notifications that pointed to a 
landing page. In case of a binary location the pkg format is used to 
differ between sh (Self extracting binary as UNIX shell script), rpm and 
deb (Linux), dmg (Mac) and exe (Win32) for binaries. The name scheme of 
binary distributions is also important to get things automated.


Kind regards, Joost

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