I am sure most of you use many YUM repositories to install software on any RPM based distributions like RHEL, CentOS, Fedora etc. Sometimes, you might want to install software from a group of specific repositories, or you may want to disable all repositories and install a package from a single repository. If you ever wonder how to do that, here you go.
This short tutorial describes how to enable or disable a single or group of YUM repositories while installing software in CentOS. This guide was tested on CentOS 7 server, however the same method should work on Fedora, RHEL, Scientific Linux, and other RPM based Linux distributions.
Let us get started.
As you already know, we can list the number of available repositories in CentOS using the following command as the root user:
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: mirrors.vinahost.vn * epel: mirror.rise.ph * extras: mirrors.viethosting.vn * remi-safe: rpms.remirepo.net * updates: mirrors.vinahost.vn repo id repo name status base/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Base 9,007 epel/x86_64 Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64 10,075 extras/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Extras 305 remi-safe Safe Remi's RPM repository for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64 820 updates/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Updates 1,676 repolist: 21,883
As you see in the above output, I have added two more additional repositories namely EPEL, and REMI. These are the important repositories that provide packages that are not found in the CentOS official repositories.
One thing is whenever you run “yum update” command, those additional repositories will be updated. So, the packages from that repositories will also be updated to the latest available versions. Sometimes, you don’t want to install the latest packages and want to stick with the old versions instead. In such cases, you can exclude a repository, so that the packages from that repositories will not be upgraded too. This will be helpful when software needs a particular version package to work well.
We can enable or disable repositories in two ways.
- Temporarily enable or disable repositories while installing packages using ‘yum’ command
- Permanently Enable/Disable repositories using repository configuration file
1. Enable or disable repositories temporarily
This is my preferred method. In this method, We can temporarily exclude a repository to prevent a package from being updated.
Let us see an example.
yum --disablerepo=remi-safe update
yum update --disablerepo=remi-safe
The above command disable the REMI repository temporarily and update out CentOS system.
To disable multiple repository, just include the repository separated by comma as shown like below.
yum --disablerepo=remi-safe,updates update
The above command will disable REMI and updates (CentOS official repository) temporarily.
You can use method to install a package too.
yum --disablerepo=remi-safe,updates install httpd
Similarly, you can both enable and disable a particular repositories at a time with ‘yum’ command.
Take a look at the following command.
yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=epel update
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * epel: mirror.pregi.net No packages marked for update
The above command will disable all other repositories except the ‘epel’ repository.
2. Enable or disable a repository permanently
This method will permanently enable or disable a repository.
Usually, the repository configuration files will be saved in the /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory.
Let us see the available repositories using command.
CentOS-Base.repo CentOS-Media.repo epel-testing.repo CentOS-CR.repo CentOS-Sources.repo remi-php70.repo CentOS-Debuginfo.repo CentOS-Vault.repo remi.repo CentOS-fasttrack.repo epel.repo remi-safe.repo
Let us disable a repository, for example EPEL.
To do so, edit EPEL repository file:
Change the value enabled=1 to 0 (zero).
[epel] name=Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - $basearch #baseurl=http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/$basearch mirrorlist=https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=epel-7&arch=$basearch failovermethod=priority enabled=0 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7
Save and close the file. Update the repository lists to take effect the changes.
Similarly, change the value of ‘enabled’ line to 1 to enable the repository.
You know now how to enable or disable a particular or group of repositories. As you can see in this tutorial, this is very easy to do. That’s all for now. Hope this guide helps you.