[Yum] how to specify directory for yum installation

Joshua Bahnsen archrival at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 01:51:29 UTC 2011

If you have the rpm why not use rpm2tar and extract to whichever directory you want? I'm guessing if you want it to go to a different directory you don't want the rpm scripts to run anyway.

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On Jun 22, 2011, at 5:57 PM, "Fajar A. Nugraha" <work at fajar.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 6:23 AM, Erming Pei <erming at ualberta.ca> wrote:
>>  Hi James,
>> I tried with --installroot, and it's not what I want. For example,
>> #yum --installroot=/opt  install Soft_pkgs
>> #ls /opt
>>  cache/ lib/ ...
>> (all yum stuff, not the software I needed.)
> Short answer, you can't.
> Long answer, --installroot is particularly useful if you want to
> create/work on an alternate root installation, e.g. when rescuing a
> broken system, or installing an OS template for a VPS. If you want to
> move the binary location of some (not all) packages (e.g. move bash
> from /bin/bash to /opt/bash/bin/bash), then you can't do that with yum
> and normal distro-provided rpm. You need to create a special rpm for
> that. See http://www.rpm.org/max-rpm/s1-rpm-reloc-building-relocatable.html
> -- 
> Fajar
>> Thanks,
>> Erming
>> On 6/22/11 9:31 AM, James Antill wrote:
>>> Erming Pei<erming at ualberta.ca>  writes:
>>>>  Hi,
>>>>  Does anyone know about that how to specify root directory for yum
>>>> installation?
>>>> I tried with putting $_prefix in .rpmmacros, but it doesn't work.
>>>>  And yum --installroot option seems not the solution too.
>>>  --installroot does specify the _root_ directory. If you want to
>>> specify the --prefix, you can't do that.
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