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Old 12-14-2006, 05:58 AM   #1
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Installing packages from Fedora Core 6 cds after installation


I have just installed Fedora Core 6.

Question: I want to install some packages after installing FC6. I choose "Add/Remove Software" from "Applications" menu. "Package Manager" window appears and a progress bar saying "Retrieving software information" shows up. I think it's trying to collect some infromation from the Internet. But my PC is not connected to the Internet. After a while it shows a dialog box with just a single "OK" button which says "Unable to retrieve software information". After clicking on the OK button the whole package manager quits and nothing happens. I just want to install some software from the FC6 CDs (5 CDs actually). But I don't want to choose the rpms by exploring the discs manually. So, I would appreciate if anyone can give me a hint to fix this.


Old 12-14-2006, 07:38 AM   #2
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Yes, I have had the same problem. Somewhere (/etc/yum.conf ?) I think you must set (installonline=0 or) something. man yum.conf
Old 12-14-2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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i had the same problem with fedora core 5.i reported this to redhat and came to know that "Add/Remove Software" works only when u are online i.e. your system can access to redhat and other please check whether it works or not when u are online. they told that this problem would be removed in next release.but i dont know whether it is done or not.....

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There is a way to configure yum locally, but you will need to copy all the RPMs to a directory, then point yum to it. Since you don't have a network connection, here goes...

1) Set up a directory, for example /usr/local/RPMS
2) Copy the .rpm files in each of the RPMS directories from the install CD's to this directory. (I would suggest cp -a *.rpm /usr/local/RPMS)
3) Generate header files using either yum-arch or createrepo. createrepo is suppose to be a replacement for yum-arch. I don't have FC6 yet so I don't know which one it comes with.
4) Configure the yum.conf file to use this directory. Here is an example.
# See the yum.conf(5) man page for information on the sytax of this file,
# including failover setup.
name=Fedora Core 6 Original Packages
You should then be able to use yum to get packages that are on your local system. Note: The reason we copied all the RPM's is so you don't have to go through the process of figuring out dependencies. Yum will do that, but the dependent packages have to be there.


Last edited by wmakowski; 12-14-2006 at 06:12 PM.
Old 01-02-2007, 12:26 AM   #5
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Thanks everybody

And specially thank you very much Bill.
It worked.



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