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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yum Repository Setup by Oracle Unbreakable Linux


The Oracle public yum server offers a free and convenient way to install packages from the Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM installation media via a yum client.

You can download the full Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM installation media via Note that errata are not available via this public yum server. To access errata (bug fixes, security fixes and enhancement), you must have a valid support contract to access Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). For more information, see the FAQ below.

This yum server is offered without support of any kind. If you require support, please consider purchasing Unbreakable Linux support via the online store, or via your sales representative.

Getting Started

  1. Download and Install Enterprise Linux
  2. Download and copy the appropriate yum configuration file in place, by running the following commands as root:

    Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Update 6 or Newer

    # cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    # mv Oracle-Base.repo Oracle-Base.repo.disabled
    # wget

    Oracle Enterprise Linux 5

    # cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    # wget

    Oracle VM 2

    # cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    # wget
  3. Enable the appropriate repository by editing the yum configuration file

    • Open the yum configuration file in a text editor
    • Locate the section in the file for the repository you plan to update from, e.g. [el4_u6_base]
    • Change enabled=0 to enabled=1
  4. Begin using yum, for example:

    yum list

    yum install firefox

You may be prompted to confirm the import of the Oracle OSS Group GPG key.



  1. Disculpa que te escriba en español, pero no quiero que se pierda nada en una traducción mal hecha.
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    Now the bad traduction: Sorry for writing in Spanish, but I do not want to miss anything in a shoddy translation.
    I am very grateful for this valuable information. It is very difficult to find this information type. I think that people like you make a great contribution to the community. Typically, corporations like Oracle traded with this knowledge.

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for the tips it work for me.
    But can explain on step three how do i know which is appropriate repository?

  3. Hello,

    there is a demo of use a public yum repository here:




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