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Is there a way to add and remove packages at the same time with a single yum command? For example, installing postfix and removing sendmail without running two separate commands/transactions.

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Not to my knowledge, but I'm not a daily yum user. Why do you want it in a single command? – jippie Jun 2 '12 at 16:39
@jippie Convenience, mostly. And reducing the time to set up multiple transactions. – Michael Ekstrand Jun 2 '12 at 16:43
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Yes. Invoking yum shell will allow you to specify multiple commands that will happen simultaneously when run is entered.

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Awesome, this is exactly what I was looking for. – Michael Ekstrand Jun 2 '12 at 20:01
I had originally been using Python for this. I've now cut my script down to about 20% the size by using BASH! – quickshiftin Mar 17 '14 at 18:38

Newer versions of yum also have the swap command:

# yum swap -- install foo -- remove bar
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As the accepted answer already says, you can use yum shell to run multiple commands at once, which is fine for interactive use. But if you want to invoke this command from a script, you can also run it against a file, eg yum shell translist.txt, where the file could contain, for example:

remove squid
install squid34

Append the -y switch to assume yes to confirmation prompts.

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