[Yum] Retrieving packages from Red Hat Network

Joseph Tate jtate at dragonstrider.com
Wed Dec 10 02:52:35 UTC 2003

You could go through a caching web proxy.
If you have enough systems to warrant it, you can purchase the RHN to 
run locally (though I can't remember what this product is called, or how 
much it costs).

Generally, however, unless bandwidth on your end is a limiting factor, 
using up2date on each server is recommended, as there's a whole lot more 
that you can do with RHN than keep your servers up to date.


Ian Masterson wrote:
> We made the decision to purchase and deploy RHEL and are now faced with a
> problem which hasn't been discussed here since a brief thread in July. I'm
> hoping someone has devised a clever solution since then...
> The only way to get errata binary packages for RHEL is via Red Hat
> Network. Up2date is all fine and good, but yum does exactly what we want.
> Since we can no longer simply mirror Red Hat's errata packages using ftp
> or rsync, our only options seem to be:
> - Use' up2date -d' on one computer to download RPMs without installing
> them and copy these into our yum repositories. Unfortunately, we'd end up
> with only the packages that particular system needed and I'd like our
> repositories to be complete.
> or
> - Manually download each new package from rhn.redhat.com, or possibly
> write a script to extract package names from the errata lists and fetch
> the appropriate files.
> Are there other options I've missed, or is this the best we can do?
> Thanks,
> Ian Masterson
> Dept. of Electrical Engineering (SSLI)
> University of Washington, Seattle
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