yum - Yellowdog Updater Modified
yum [options] [command] [package ...]
yum is an interactive, automated update program which can be used for
maintaining systems using rpm
command is one of:
* install package1 [package2] [...]
* update [package1] [package2] [...]
* upgrade [package1] [package2] [...]
* remove | erase package1 [package2] [...]
* list [...]
* info [...]
* provides | whatprovides feature1 [feature2] [...]
* clean [ packages | headers | metadata | cache | dbcache | all ]
* groupinstall group1 [group2] [...]
* groupupdate group1 [group2] [...]
* grouplist [hidden]
* groupremove group1 [group2] [...]
* groupinfo group1 [...]
* search string1 [string2] [...]
* shell [filename]
* resolvedep dep1 [dep2] [...]
* localinstall rpmfile1 [rpmfile2] [...]
* localupdate rpmfile1 [rpmfile2] [...]
* deplist package1 [package2] [...]
Unless the --help or -h option is given, one of the above commands must
Is used to install the latest version of a package or group of
packages while ensuring that all dependencies are satisfied. If
no package matches the given package name(s), they are assumed
to be a shell glob and any matches are then installed.
update If run without any packages, update will update every currently
installed package. If one or more packages are specified, Yum
will only update the listed packages. While updating packages,
yum will ensure that all dependencies are satisfied. If no
package matches the given package name(s), they are assumed to
be a shell glob and any matches are then installed.
If the --obsoletes flag is present yum will include package
obsoletes in its calculations - this makes it better for dis-
tro-version changes, for example: upgrading from somelinux 8.0
to somelinux 9.
Implemented so you could know if your machine had any updates
that needed to be applied without running it interactively.
Returns exit value of 100 if there are packages available for an
update. Also returns a list of the pkgs to be updated in list
format. Returns 0 and no packages are available for update.
Is the same as the update command with the --obsoletes flag set.
See update for more details.
remove or erase
Are used to remove the specified packages from the system as
well as removing any packages which depend on the package being
list Is used to list various information about available packages;
more complete details are available in the List Options section
provides or whatprovides
Is used to find out which package provides some feature or file.
Just use a specific name or a file-glob-syntax wildcards to list
the packages available or installed that provide that feature or
search Is used to find any packages matching a string in the descrip-
tion, summary, packager and package name fields of an rpm. Use-
ful for finding a package you do not know by name but know by
some word related to it.
info Is used to list a description and summary information about
available packages; takes the same arguments as in the List
Options section below.
clean Is used to clean up various things which accumulate in the yum
cache directory over time. More complete details can be found
in the Clean Options section below.
shell Is used to enter the ’yum shell’, when a filename is specified
the contents of that file is executed in yum shell mode. See
yum-shell(8) for more info
Is used to list packages providing the specified dependencies,
at most one package is listed per dependency.
Is used to install a set of local rpm files. If required the
enabled repositories will be used to resolve dependencies.
Is used to update the system by specifying local rpm files. Only
the specified rpm files of which an older version is already
installed will be installed, the remaining specified packages
will be ignored. If required the enabled repositories will be
used to resolve dependencies.
Produces a list of all dependencies and what packages provide
those dependencies for the given packages.
Most command line options can be set using the configuration file as
well and the descriptions indicate the necessary configuration option
Help; display a help message and then quit.
-y Assume yes; assume that the answer to any question which would
be asked is yes.
Configuration Option: assume-yes
-c [config file]
Specifies the config file location - can take http, ftp urls and
local file paths.
Sets the debugging level to [number] - turns up or down the
amount of things that are printed. Practical range: 0 - 10
Configuration Option: debuglevel
Sets the error level to [number] Practical range 0 - 10. 0 means
print only critical errors about which you must be told. 1 means
print all errors, even ones that are not overly important. 1+
means print more errors (if any) -e 0 is good for cron jobs.
Configuration Option: errorlevel
-R [time in minutes]
Sets the maximum amount of time yum will wait before performing
a command - it randomizes over the time.
-C Tells yum to run entirely from cache - does not download or
update any headers unless it has to to perform the requested
Reports the yum version number and exits.
Specifies an alternative installroot, relative to which all
packages will be installed.
Configuration Option: installroot
Enables specific repositories by id or glob that have been dis-
abled in the configuration file using the enabled=0 option.
Configuration Option: enabled
Disables specific repositories by id or glob.
Configuration Option: enabled
This option only has affect for an update, it enables yum´s
obsoletes processing logic. For more information see the update
Configuration Option: obsoletes
Exclude a specific package by name or glob from updates on all
Configuration Option: exclude
Run with all plugins disabled.
Configuration Option: plugins
The following are the ways which you can invoke yum in list mode. Note
that all list commands include information on the version of the pack-
yum list [all | regexp1] [regexp2] [...]
List all available and installed packages.
yum list available [regexp1] [...]
List all packages in the yum repositories available to be
yum list updates [regexp1] [...]
List all packages with updates available in the yum reposito-
yum list installed [regexp1] [...]
List the packages specified by args. If an argument does not
match the name of an available package, it is assumed to be a
shell-style glob and any matches are printed.
yum list extras [regexp1] [...]
List the packages installed on the system that are not available
in any yum repository listed in the config file.
yum list obsoletes [regexp1] [...]
List the packages installed on the system that are obsoleted by
packages in any yum repository listed in the config file.
yum list recent
List packages recently added into the repositories.
Specifying package names
All the list options mentioned above take file-glob-syntax wild-
cards or package names as arguments, for example yum list avail-
able foo* will list all available packages that match foo*.
The following are the ways which you can invoke yum in clean mode.
yum clean packages
Eliminate any cached packages from the system. Note that pack-
ages are not automatically deleted after they are downloaded.
yum clean headers
Eliminate all of the files which yum uses to determine the
remote availability of packages. Using this option will force
yum to download all the headers the next time it is run.
yum clean all
Runs yum clean packages and yum clean headers as above.
Specifying package names
A package can be referred to for install,update,list,remove etc
with any of the following:
For example: yum remove kernel-2.4.1-10.i686
Yum can be extended through the use of plugins. A plugin is a Python
".py" file which is installed in one of the directories specified by
the pluginpath option in yum.conf. For a plugin to work, the following
conditions must be met:
1. The plugin module file must be installed in the plugin path as just
2. The global plugins option in /etc/yum.conf must be set to ‘1’.
3. A configuration file for the plugin must exist in /etc/yum/plugin-
conf.d/<plugin_name>.conf and the enabled setting in this file must set
to ‘1’. The minimal content for such a configuration file is:
enabled = 1
See the yum.conf(5) man page for more information on plugin related
See the Authors file included with this program.
There of course aren’t any bugs, but if you find any, they should be
sent to the mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org or filed in
Seth Vidal 2005 Aug 05 yum(8)
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