Top 11 use of YUM command Linux

Use Yum command Linux to install, update and remove RPM’s. Yum uses repositories, resolves dependencies and installs packages. Yum groups all application in order of their application. Yum can also be used to manage these groups.

The configuration file of Yum resides in etc folder – /etc/yum.conf.


Install Package using YUM

To install a package using yum we will use command

yum install package

This command will connect to repository, look for dependency and install package with dependencies, if any. This command will ask you to confirm by pressing y, before proceeding with installation. To install without confirmation use command as

yum –y install package

Update a Package using YUM
To update a package with yum following command is used

yum update package

The sequence for this command is also similar to install command. In this command also you will be prompted for confirmation by pressing y. Again you can add –y to proceed with confirmation.

Remove a Package using YUM
Third basic utility of YUM is to remove package. For this we will use command

yum remove package

This command will remove package along with its dependencies. This command also asks for confirmation. Here also we can use –y to skip confirming.

List a Package using YUM

Yum list command will list Packages installed along with their versions and details of available packages.

yum list

The above command list all packages installed in your system. To list details of a specific package use command

yum list package

Search for Package using Yum

To search for a package using yum, use command along with package name or keyword for package

yum search package

Get detailed information for a Package using Yum
To get information for a package using use command

yum info package

Group Install Packages using YUM

As mentioned earlier YUM groups all application in order of their application. To install a group of package using yum we will use command

yum groupinstall groupname

This command work similar to yum install only difference it wortks for group all together and not for a single application.

Update a Group of Packages using YUM

To update a group of package using yum use command

yum groupupdate groupname

This command will update all Packages installed for the group.

Remove a group of Packages using YUM

To remove Packages installed for a particular group using yum, type in command

yum grouperase groupname

List Groups using YUM

The command to list all groups is

yum grouplist

This will list all groups available to you.

Clean YUM cache using yum

Yum downloads and keeps application in folder /var/cache/yum/. You will need to clean this space to keep your disk usage under check. To clean yum cache use command

yum clean all

These are few basic commands usages of yum. You can use yum manual page by using command

yum help

for more information.

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