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Old 07-07-2008, 07:53 PM   #1
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Issues with package manager on Red Hat Enterprise 5


I've recently installed RHEL5 for a client. This is the first time I've dealt with Redhat and it seemed to go fine until I tried to add packages. First off, it didn't add any of the installation cds as repository media so if anyone can help me add those for a start, that would be great.

Secondly, there is no official repository available to check for new/updated packages. I've activated the package manager with Red Hat (and can see a list of updated packages on the errata website) but I can never download them through the GUI package manager/ YUM. The server is a dell and I noticed this option,

"Activate Your Dell Service Tag Number

In order to gain access to updates to your Red Hat Subscription you will need to activate your Dell Service Tag. Follow the steps below to activate your Dell Service Tag."

I tried entering the service tag number on the box but it got an error. I'm thinking this might prevent me from any internet-based repositories but I'm not sure.

Any help would be appreciated,
Old 07-07-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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I think you are looking for something like this
where 'phuongtqh' gave a link which I will soon try.
Old 07-08-2008, 12:25 AM   #3
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Found the problem . When I installed the OS, it didn't add the ever so important RHN plugin to yum. Installed the plugin and it all works fine now .

Thanks for the help
Old 07-08-2008, 02:12 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by brent.jones View Post
Found the problem . When I installed the OS, it didn't add the ever so important RHN plugin to yum. Installed the plugin and it all works fine now .

Thanks for the help
Yeah, legit copies of Red Hat need to be registered in order to use up2date from the RHN. Some switch to using yum though and get the packages elsewhere. CentOS has a good guide to convert a Red Hat ES/AS machine to use it's repositories and yum if you're ever interested or don't want to renew your subscription to Red Hat.


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