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Questions about Yum, and S.L. Repositories

Q. What is Yum? How do I use it?

A. Yum is an automatic updater and package installer/remover for Scientific Linux. It automatically computes dependencies and figures out what things should occur to install packages. For Scientific Linux specific questions, please subscribe, and send mail to scientific-linux-users. To find out general questions about Yum, you can go to these places.
Yum Home Page
Yum FAQ
Yum Wiki

Q. What are the various yum and apt repositories that are pre-configured with Scientific Linux? Why are some enabled, and why are some not enabled?

A. Having repositories preconfigured make it easier for Scientific Linux users to add packages that they didn't install during the regular installation. It just makes like alot easier.
Be default, we have only enabled the main S.L. repository, and the S.L. security errata repository. This is because these two repositories are the only 'official' repositories for Scientific Linux. All of the other repositories are either supported on a best effort basis, or supported by someone outside of the main Scientific Linux developers.
S.L. 5.x
sl-base - enabled by default - This is the original packages from a release. It's basically what you would find on the CD.
sl-security - enabled by default - These are the security errata that have been released for this distribution.
sl-contrib - disabled by default - These are packages that are supplied by Scientific Linux users and developers that are not part of the formal release. Some packages may be alternatives for what is in the release, such as a version of openssh. Some packages might not be supported enough to go into the release. Some packages might just be waiting here until the next release.
sl-debuginfo - disabled by default - These are the debuginfo rpm's that get generated when building packages. Because they are quite large, and not usually used, they are in their own repository.
sl-fastbugs - disabled by default - These are bugfixes and enhancements that are put out by the upstream vendor, in between updates. At the time of this writting, this is a program that the vendor calls 'fasttrack'. It is not enabled by default, because sometimes bugfixes change the way a program works, and the releases of S.L. are designed to be very stable.
sl-source - disabled by default - These are the source rpm's for all the various packages.
sl-testing - disabled by default - These are packages that need to be tested before being put into a release. Packages appear and disapear from here alot.
atrpms - disabled by default - This is a 3rd party rpm repository. For more details about it go to ATrpms home page.
dag - disabled by default - This is a 3rd party rpm repository. For more details about it go to Dag Wieers home page.
adobe - disabled by default - This repository currently only has flash-plugin and Adobe Reader.

S.L. 4.x
sl-base - enabled by default - This is the original packages from a release. It's basically what you would find on the CD.
sl-errata - enabled by default - These are the security errata that have been released for this distribution.
sl-fastbugs - disabled by default - These are bugfixes that are put out by the upstream vendor, before the official updates. At the time of this writting, this is a new program, that the vendor calls 'fasttrack'. It is not enabled by default, because sometimes bugfixes change the way a program works, and the releases of S.L. are designed to be very stable.
sl-contrib - disabled by default - These are packages that are supplied by Scientific Linux users and developers that are not part of the formal release. Some packages may be alternatives for what is in the release, such as a version of openssh. Some packages might not be supported enough to go into the release. Some packages might just be waiting here until the next release.
sl-testing - disabled by default - These are packages that need to be tested before being put into a release. Packages appear and disapear from here alot.
atrpms - disabled by default - This is a 3rd party rpm repository. For more details about it go to ATrpms home page.
dag - disabled by default - This is a 3rd party rpm repository. For more details about it go to Dag Wieers home page.
dries - disabled by default - This is a 3rd party rpm repository. For more details about it go to Dries home page.
adobe - disabled by default - This repository currently only has flash-plugin and Adobe Reader. Unfortunatly, the latest versions of these are no longer compatible with the default libraried in SL4.

S.L. 3.0.x
sl309server - enabled by default -
sl309errata - enabled by default -
sl309contrib
sl-testing
dag
adobe

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Last modified 2010-02-10 09:38 AM
 

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