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Updating EOL fedora installs with the REMI repositories

January 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have multiple fedora (core) linux servers under my management. The problem with the short release cycles of this non-enterprise operating system is the update support with short maintenance periods. End of life is far away for a desktop computer, but the lifetime is pretty short for a server. You don’t want to reinstall/update the operating system on your server every half or whole year. So that is a problem.

But, there is a solution I’ve found on the web. You can get updates for older fedora versions through a repository that is maintained by a 3rd party. I’m very happy that someone is willing to put the effort in those repositories to keep our servers up-to-date even after the EOL date for the fedora operating system has passed.

You can add the repository manually, or you can just install the right rpm installer for your operating system. It is as easy as running wget http://rpms.famillecollet.com/remi-release-[your release number].rpm; rpm -Uvh remi-release-[your release number].rpm from a terminal.

You can also find repositories for enterprise linux 4 & 5 there.

The urls to the repository locations are listed below:
The repositories: http://rpms.famillecollet.com/
The SPEC files used to build the RPM’s: http://rpms.famillecollet.com/SPEC/
 The RPM source files: http://rpms.famillecollet.com/SRPMS/

The repositories manual can be found here: http://blog.famillecollet.com/pages/Config-en

Thank you REMI!

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