Saturday, August 4, 2007

Fedora - YUM

Open source is known for its excellency in the field of operating systems.We have different flavors of open source available in the market.This articles explains the importance and usage of yum.Yum is a tool for automating package maintenance for a network or workstations running any operating system that use the Red Hat Package Management (RPM) system for distributing packaged tools and applications. Yum is derived from yup, an automated package updater originally developed for Yellowdog Linux, hence its name Yum is "Yellowdog Updater, Modified".Yum works from a constellation of repositories around the world to provide you the latest versions of packages. It installs, updates, and removes packages based on what is installed on your system and what is available in the repository.Yum is the successor of rpm command,it overcomes the burden of usage of rpm command options like -ivh,dependency,force and more.Yum makes the installation,updates,removal,etc far easier than rpm command environment.
Yum is a free tool available for download at

Features of Yum:

1.Simple interface
2.Simple configuration
3.Fast operation
4.Dependency calculation
5.Multiple repositories
6.Graphical interfaces(pirut)

Useful syntax:

To install package
yum install package1 [package2..]
To update package
yum updatepackage1 [package2..]
To uninstall package
yum remove | erase package1 [package2..]
To list the package
yum list options (options= all | available | updates | installed | extras | recent | etc)
To clean the packages completely
yum clean options (options= packages | headers| metadata | dbcache | all)
To install yum GUI
yum install yumex
yum install kyum

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