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I'd like to know how to do this via the web, something similar to Debian's official package search page.

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See also unix.stackexchange.com/questions/6850/… - at the end I extend the question to RHEL as well –  maxschlepzig Feb 3 '11 at 22:15
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Go to http://rhn.redhat.com, log in with your redhat network ID, and then search packages at the very top.

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So, there is no way to do this without having that ID? –  Tshepang Feb 3 '11 at 22:49
    
Well if you have a legal copy of RHEL you should have that ID :-/. But thats the most official site youre going to get. You can browse the centos repos, but thats as close as you can get –  Patrick Feb 3 '11 at 23:16
    
Stupid. My client has the license. It would be nice if I could develop software for him without bothering him for these details, after all these package version numbers are hardly top secret? –  Jürgen Strobel Feb 7 '12 at 19:55
    
@JürgenStrobel If youre going to develop, you'll need to have a box running the OS which you definitely cant do without a license. However CentOS is binary compatable with RHEL. You should be able to develop on it wihout any issues. –  Patrick Feb 7 '12 at 23:48
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@Patrick: No. I very definitely can develop software on OSX or any other Linux (Unix), for example Debian, and I prefer the luxury of my own and better tools. –  Jürgen Strobel Feb 8 '12 at 11:46
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What do you need to find out about packages?

  • if you have a RHEL box:
    • use RHN web site
    • use yum or repoquery
  • if not:
    • do an RPM search for CentOS which should be similar, e.g. using pbone RPM Search
    • browse the Red Hat download site for SRPMS, e.g. 5Server RPMs
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Regarding the pbone search, are the results I get for official RHEL packages, or simply packages built for RHEL? –  Tshepang Feb 3 '11 at 23:02
    
View the page and see for yourself. There is no option for RHEL5 or RHEL6, only CentOS. –  Mikel Feb 3 '11 at 23:05
    
Actually, there is, for RHEL 5 and lower. –  Tshepang Feb 3 '11 at 23:24
    
Pardon me! There is! :-) –  Mikel Feb 3 '11 at 23:33
    
I tried searching for coreutils and the links all pointed to a site in Spain that looked to be a Scientific Linux mirror. So I'm pretty sure they're not official RHEL packages. –  Mikel Feb 3 '11 at 23:34
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