RPMforge repository is a utility that is used to install third party software packages under Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Community ENTerprise Operating System (CentOS). It provides more than 5000 software packages in the rpm format for these Linux distributions.
RPMforge repository not a part of RHEL or CentOS but it is designed to work with these operating systems. The complete list of RPMForge packages can be fount at http://packages.sw.be/.
This article gives you a steps to install and enable RPMForge repository under RHEL/CentOS 6, 5, 4 systems.
Verifying RHEL/CentOS is 32 Bit or 64 Bit System
We use “uname -a” command to verify a system, whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit. We have provided both results using uname command on a 32 bit and 64 bit system. The 32 bit system will show i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux and 64 bit server shows x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux. So, it’s very easy to verify whether a system is 32 or 64 bit using “uname -a” command from the command line shell.
32 Bit RHEL/CentOS
# uname -r Linux tecmint.com 2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.i686 #1 SMP Thu Aug 23 22:16:48 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
64 Bit RHEL/CentOS
# uname -r Linux tecmint.com 2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.i686 #1 SMP Thu Aug 23 22:16:48 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Installing RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 6/5/4
Download and Install RPMForge repository by selecting appropriate rpm package for your system.
For RHEL/CentOS 6 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 6 32 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm ## RHEL/CentOS 6 64 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 5 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 5 32 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.i386.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.i386.rpm ## RHEL/CentOS 5 64 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 4 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 4 32 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.i386.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.i386.rpm ## RHEL/CentOS 4 64 Bit OS ## # wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.x86_64.rpm # rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.x86_64.rpm
Note : The RPMForge repository will be installed under /etc/yum.repod directory as a file rpmforge.repo.
Importing RPMForge Repository Key in RHEL/CentOS 6/5/4
Next, you’ll need to download and install DAG’s GPG key for your system.
# wget http://dag.wieers.com/rpm/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt # rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt
Note : The imported GPG key stored under /etc/pki/rpm-gpg directory as a file RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmforge-dag.
Installing Packages using RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 6/5/4
Let’s try installing something using rpmforge repository.
# yum --enablerepo=rpmforge install aria2
Sample Output :
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile rpmforge Setting up Install Process Dependencies Resolved ================================================================================================= Package Arch Version Repository Size ================================================================================================= Installing: aria2 i686 1.15.1-1.el6.rf rpmforge 1.2 M Installing for dependencies: nettle i686 2.2-1.el6.rf rpmforge 359 k Transaction Summary ================================================================================================= Install 2 Package(s)
So, whenever a new packages are install using Yum command the RPMForge repository will be included.
Disable RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 6/5/4
To disable RPMForge repository simply open the file /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo.
# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo
Change “enabled=1” to “enabled=0“. 0 means turn-off and 1 means turn-on.
### Name: RPMforge RPM Repository for RHEL 6 - dag ### URL: http://rpmforge.net/ [rpmforge] name = RHEL $releasever - RPMforge.net - dag baseurl = http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/$basearch/rpmforge mirrorlist = http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/mirrors-rpmforge #mirrorlist = file:///etc/yum.repos.d/mirrors-rpmforge enabled = 0 protect = 0 gpgkey = file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmforge-dag gpgcheck = 1
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