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I have an existing CentOS installation which I'd like to install extra packages to. The packages to be installed were supplied to me in a list, one package per line, which looks like:


Using this text file, is there a way to install every package listed? I suspect the list is actually a list of 'all' packages which could have been installed when the operating system was originally set up.

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Yes, do this:

yum -y install $(cat file_name)

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This is much nicer, as it will look at all the dependencies at the same time, instead of figuring them out for every single package. –  Marcin Sep 6 '12 at 14:01
yes, that's true. –  fayad Sep 7 '12 at 13:52
This is a really old question, but this certainly helped me. If you have a file with the packages separated by line feeds, you name need to do the following: yum -y install $(cat filename cat | tr '\n' ' ') –  SteveM Dec 30 '14 at 21:23

You can also try this in command line.

for i in `cat textfile` ; do yum -y install $i; done

For every i in textfile, it does a yum -y install.

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as Mafcin stated above this will do dependency check on every package ie. for each line. –  fayad Sep 7 '12 at 13:54

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