[Yum] Direct RPM install?

Tim Lauridsen tim.lauridsen at googlemail.com
Fri Dec 18 13:22:43 UTC 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 4:55 PM, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:

> Hi y'all,
> A question.  I upgraded by laptop to F12, which went fine, and then
> proceeded to "dress" it by adding on a handful of non-repo RPMs as I'm
> guessing many people do.  This particular time I added e.g. the
> VirtualBox rpms, as I wanted to experiment with alternatives to non-open
> VMware.
> Sun provides an F12 RPM (not in a repo, of course, grrr) so I grabbed it
> and proceeded to try a straight rpm -Uvh install.  Naturally it had a
> string of a dozen dependencies in its dependency tree, and I found
> myself right back in RPM hell, helped a little bit by yum (I could do
> yum provides to find rpms that filled in the missing pieces easily
> enough, and then do a yum -y install) but RPM hell nontheless.
> Which leads me to my query.  I'm guessing that this isn't an uncommon
> situation -- a homebuilt RPM or RPM provided by a third party that won't
> just "install" because it isn't in a repo, even when all of its
> dependencies ARE in connected repos.  Can yum do that?  e.g. is there a
> mode or add-on that lets one:
>  yum install VirtualBox-whatever.rpm
> so that yum creates a dependency list from the rpm itself and then does
> its yum-thing and looks in its repos for a list of rpms to resolve the
> recursive dependency tree, then installs the whole thing for you?
>   rgb
If you don't need USB support in VirtualBox then you can just type

yum install kmod-VirtualBox-OSE-PAE

to install the open source edition of VirtualBox (You need to have the
rpmfusion repos enabled)

Then you dont have to mess with compiling your own kernel modules etc.

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