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Old 03-29-2007, 07:45 AM   #1
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RHEL 5 yum Problem no RHN subcsription

hi there..
I have installed the RHEL 5 ... but not subscribed to RHN ...
when i am trying to yum anything i am getting the following problem ...

[root@localhost ~]# yum install kernel-xen
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Parsing package install arguments
Setting up repositories
No Repositories Available to Set Up
Reading repository metadata in from local files
No Match for argument: kernel-xen
Nothing to do


while installting the RHEL 5 i entered the fake installtion number generated by the following script, the script generates the installtion number for all SERVER types Subscription...after the installation i cant yum anything as i can not register to RHN with same installtion number because it is not generated by Red Hat .....

Fake installation script ...


so anybody please help me out to work the yum .... OR please tell how to use fedora core 6 repositories for RHEL 5 ... OR how i can use the Fedora core 6 yum support for RHEL 5...?
Please Help me OUT!

Last edited by ngrid; 03-29-2007 at 07:50 AM.
Old 03-29-2007, 07:47 AM   #2
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If you don't want to subscribe with RHN I'd suggest using CentOS instead of Redhat.
CentOS 5 is about to be released.
Old 04-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #3
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Source builds are also available from redhat

Alternatively you can always download the source packages for the repos free from redhat ftp site they are still bound by the GNU terms and hence the source is freely available (i.e CentOS) if your not scared to build your own packages then this is definatly the way to go there is no legalities that you would be infringing upon and you can keep it all upto date with the latest and greatest, you could always point your repo to the CentOS repo as well the redhat installation will use those packages fine however i think they did a little branding so you might endup with CentOS in some descriptions but that would not hurt anything.

there is always the option of hunting for the packages piece by peice however this is daunting and not very well automated.

if you have a spare server with plenty of space you could mirror the redhat FTP source distros and have a automated build script that drops the built packages in your own yum repo and point your servers to use that as the yum repo for your farm i have seen this done and is very neet however do error handleing on your build script so you dont polute your repo with bad packages.

I really think someone here works for redhat with all the comments about go buy it (if i were a company i would in fact use that model and support etc but i am a hobbiest at home and dont want to spend 1k per server to play with the tech so i will work around the issues)


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