RHEL: install Yum and add DVD as repository

RHEL: install Yum and add DVD as repository

Installing Yum using RPM. As you can see this is done by discovering the dependencies the hard way, exactly the reason why we need Yum.

[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# rpm -i yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch.rpm
warning: yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 1e 5e0159
error: Failed dependencies:
python-elementtree is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch
python-iniparse is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch
python-sqlite is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch
rpm-python is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch
urlgrabber >= 3.1.0 is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch
yum-metadata-parser >= 1.1.0 is needed by yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch

Installing the Yum dependencies:

[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# rpm -i python-elementtree-1.2.6-5.x86_64.rpm python-iniparse-0.2.3-4.el5.noarch.rpm python-sqlite-1.1.7-1.2.1.x86_64.rpm rpm-python- python-urlgrabber-3.1.0-5.el5.noarch.rpm m2crypto-0.16-6.el5.6.x86_64.rpm python-urlgrabber-3.1.0-5.el5.noarch.rpm yum-metadata-parser-1.1.2-3.el5.x86_64.rpm yum-3.2.22-26.el5.noarch.rpm libxml2-python-2.6.26- createrepo-0.4.11-3.el5.noarch.rpm

Once Yum is installed, you need a Yum repository to install packages from and allow Yum to search the metadata. The repository is created using the createrepo command. We’ll create the repository under /root/yumrepo

[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# mkdir /root/yumrepo
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# cd /root/yumrepo
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# createrepo -vpo /root/yumrepo /media/
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]# …. listing all packages …
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 Server]#
3180/3187 – VT/qspice-0.3.0-54.el5.x86_64.rpm
3181/3187 – VT/qspice-libs-0.3.0-54.el5.x86_64.rpm
3182/3187 – VT/qspice-libs-devel-0.3.0-54.el5.x86_64.rpm
3183/3187 – VT/virt-manager-0.6.1-12.el5.x86_64.rpm
3184/3187 – VT/virt-viewer-0.0.2-3.el5.x86_64.rpm
3185/3187 – VT/xen-3.0.3-105.el5.x86_64.rpm
3186/3187 – VT/xen-devel-3.0.3-105.el5.i386.rpm
3187/3187 – VT/xen-devel-3.0.3-105.el5.x86_64.rpm

Saving Primary metadata
Saving file lists metadata
Saving other metadata

Now under /root/yumrepo add symbolic links to the folders of the DVD. Of course when you want to use the repository the DVD must be mounted (to /media in this case).

[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/Server/ Server
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/VT VT
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/images/ images
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/isolinux/ isolinux
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/Cluster Cluster
[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# ln -s /media/ClusterStorage/ ClusterStorage

Next thing is to make the repository known to Yum. This is done by creating a file /etc/yum.repos.d/DVD.repo with the following content:

name=RHEL5 DVD

Now this is done you can use the repo by issuing commands like “yum install” or “yum update”, as shown below:

[root@i8c-ODB11R2 yumrepo]# yum update
dvd | 951 B 00:00
dvd/primary | 830 kB 00:00
dvd 3187/3187
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kernel.x86_64 0:2.6.18- set to be installed
—> Package kernel-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.18- set to be updated
–> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

Package Arch Version Repository Size
kernel x86_64 2.6.18- dvd 20 M
kernel-headers x86_64 2.6.18- dvd 1.1 M

Transaction Summary
Install 1 Package(s)
Upgrade 1 Package(s)

Total download size: 21 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Total 12 GB/s | 21 MB 00:00
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing : kernel 1/3
Updating : kernel-headers 2/3
Cleanup : kernel-headers 3/3

kernel.x86_64 0:2.6.18-

kernel-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.18-


Authored by: Jeroen

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