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Old 12-01-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Yum Won't Get Packages


Hey guys,

Quick summary, when I type in yum update or yum install vlock, something that I know works with yum, I get the following:

I enter: yum update
Fedora Response:Setting up Update Process
No Packages marked for Update

Here's the one stipulation, the machine I'm trying to fix is purposely broken. Long story short it's a hacking competition in which they have given us a fedora 9 machine which has the yum problem. I have compared the broken yum conf file with a working yum conf file and they are the same. How in the world do I solve this? I kind of need yum to make sure my system is up to date and to install software to make my system more secure.

Can I uninstall and reinstall somehow, haven't found any working solutions on any of the forums I've been searching for the last 3 hours.

Thanks for the help!
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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The message simply indicates that there are no updated packages available, why do you think there is a problem ? I doubt there would be any updates for Fed 9 any more due to the Fedora release cycle -

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LifeCycle

.. basically, Fed 9 is no longer maintained since 1 month after the release of Fed 11

If you want to confirm that yum is working, try 'yum list available'

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Old 12-02-2009, 04:16 AM   #3
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Fedora 9 is still in the repo , EDIT :
the updates are in "newkey" , see post # 7.


Wait a few days / weeks, ( a month ? ). and the repo is gone.
And you will have to edit /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
to the "old archive address". Like this for " 8 "
http://archives.fedoraproject.org/pu...thing/i386/os/
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for the response! Let me clarify. When I do something like a "yum install vlock" which I have tested on a Fedora 9 machine I built myself and it works but on the machine that was given to us I get the message:

Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
No package vlock available.
Nothing to do

I know there are updates because I do an "rpm --query --all" and some of the programs install are not the most up-to-date version available according to their websites and the good Fedora 9 machine I have.

@knudfl I went to http://archives.fedoraproject.org/pu...thing/i386/os/ and I compared it to my repo file, and they are the same?

@kbp I did a 'yum list available' and nothing was displayed.

Is there an rpm that I could get or something and then try to reinstall yum?

Last edited by Arbiter; 12-02-2009 at 11:05 AM.
 
Old 12-02-2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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If you view the repo files under /etc/yum.repos.d/ you should be able to see whether they are enabled or not, could you please check ?
 
Old 12-02-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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I got it to work! Here's the problem and kbp you helped me realize it so thank you! They had moved all the repo files from the /etc/yum.repos.d to a directory they had created /etc/yum.repos.d/tmp which doesn't make yum error out, all it will say it that it couldn't find anything to update. The many times I went through it for some reason I thought nothing of it; I guess that's why I'm still a newb. Anyways I copied the files down to the parent directory (/etc/yum.repos.d) and ran yum update and it works! I think we might actually win this competition, thanks guys!
 
Old 12-02-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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EDIT .. An answer, post # 7 , and I have seen # 8.
That tmp/ folder, wonder where it came from, never seen that till now ?

# 7 : A little more complicated than that.
( And the link, you show is the 'old archive' : try open it.)

As ordinary user : yum list available > todays-list.txt
.. I get 11,547 packages from ? .. See /etc/yum.repos.d/
.. where I have → → ls /etc/yum.repos.d/ > >
fedora.repo
fedora.repo.rpmnew
fedora-updates-newkey.repo
fedora-updates.repo
fedora-updates-testing-newkey.repo
fedora-updates-testing.repo
( not all are " enabled=1 " ).

The updates are still listed in the "yum list available" list.

Yum is choosing from a mirror list, where the first part could be :
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu.../9/Everything/
.. then your architecture decides the next ... e.g. i386 :
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu...thing/i386/os/
.. which is the real base repo address, i.e. points to a folder "repodata/"

And I was wrong , there are still updates ( for now anyway )
= -updates-newkey.repo
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu...9/i386.newkey/
.. the folder ' repodata/ ' is next after the package
'renrot-1.1-1.fc9.noarch.rpm'

So I can't say why you get nothing from "yum list available".
Unless you have an " exclude* " in /etc/yum.conf .
.....

Last edited by knudfl; 12-02-2009 at 06:16 PM.
 
  


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