Configure YUM Repository for Network Installation

YUM is the Linux package management tool that help to install or update the packages, it does automatic installation of dependent packages which is required by main installation package. To setup the YUM repository we need ( For testing purpose ) one server system where all the packages are hosted and the client system where you want to install or update the packages.

Hosting The Packages:

Client must have to communicate through any one type of medium to get the packages from server system, Normally server uses FTP or Apache as the medium to transfer the packages. From the above hosting the packages depend on the services we used, we need to copy those downloaded packages on to /var/ftp or /var/www/html receptively for FTP and Apache. You can use either FTP or Apache.

Mount the DVD on the /cdrom

mkdir cdrom;mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom


copy the packages from the DVD to FTP folder.

cp /cdrom/Packages/* /var/ftp


copy the packages from the DVD to apache home directory.

cp /cdrom/Packages/* /var/www/html/

Edit Apache configuration file to enable the indexes.

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
Options All Indexes FollowSymLinks
Remove the welcome page.
rm -rf /etc/httpd/conf.d/welcome.conf

Verify the above using the web browser by visiting ftp://ip-address or http://ip-address.

Creating Repository:

After hosting the packages, we need to create the repository of the packages that you have download from internet or copied from the disc. CreateRepo is the tool that help you to create the XML based rpm meta structure repository, It is like an index file that point to the rpm files. This XML files used for resolving the dependency packages which is required by main package.Install CreateRepo package.

rpm -Uvh deltarpm-**.el6.x86_64.rpm python-deltarpm-**.el6.x86_64.rpm createrepo-**.rpm


createrepo /var/ftp


createrepo /var/www/html

Configure Repository:

Once created the repository, just go on to the client machine and add the repository file under the /etc/yum.repos.d directory. Change ipadress to your server ip address..

vi /etc/yum.repos.d/remote.repo









name=RHEL Apache




Install Packages:

Install the packages using the yum command. Once the command issued, it downloads meta file from the server and look for the dependent rpm if required; otherwise it will install package automatically.
yum install mysql-server

Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, security, subscription-manager
Updating certificate-based repositories.
Unable to read consumer identity
remote                                                   | 1.3 kB     00:00
remote/primary                                           | 1.7 MB     00:00
remote                                                                3653/3653
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package mysql-server.x86_64 0:5.1.61-4.el6 will be installed
–> Processing Dependency: mysql = 5.1.61-4.el6 for package: mysql-server-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: perl-DBD-MySQL for package: mysql-server-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64
–> Running transaction check
—> Package mysql.x86_64 0:5.1.61-4.el6 will be installed
—> Package perl-DBD-MySQL.x86_64 0:4.013-3.el6 will be installed
–> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package               Arch          Version                Repository     Size
 mysql-server          x86_64        5.1.61-4.el6           remote        8.6 M
Installing for dependencies:
 mysql                 x86_64        5.1.61-4.el6           remote        882 k
 perl-DBD-MySQL        x86_64        4.013-3.el6            remote        134 k
Transaction Summary
Install       3 Package(s)
Total download size: 9.6 M
Installed size: 27 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): mysql-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64.rpm                     | 882 kB     00:00
(2/3): mysql-server-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64.rpm              | 8.6 MB     00:00
(3/3): perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64.rpm             | 134 kB     00:00
Total                                            10 MB/s | 9.6 MB     00:00
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : mysql-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64                                    1/3
  Installing : perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64                            2/3
  Installing : mysql-server-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64                             3/3
Installed products updated.
  Verifying  : perl-DBD-MySQL-4.013-3.el6.x86_64                            1/3
  Verifying  : mysql-server-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64                             2/3
  Verifying  : mysql-5.1.61-4.el6.x86_64                                    3/3
  mysql-server.x86_64 0:5.1.61-4.el6
Dependency Installed:
  mysql.x86_64 0:5.1.61-4.el6        perl-DBD-MySQL.x86_64 0:4.013-3.el6


From the above you could see the MySQL Server packages installed with all dependent packages, It performs the same task that RPM can. It provides a easy installation of packages in single command line. If you face any problem on FTP or Apache, do disabling the iptables.

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