I have recently installed Fedora 16 on my desktop. After the intallastion was over I tried to update my repos by issuing sudo yum update command. I got the following output: Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: fedora. Please verify its path and try again I Searched on the Internet for the similar problem. There were quite a few solutions available and I tried all. I tried the following things:

  1. Edit fedora.repo and fedora-update.repo in which I removed s from https.
  2. I tried updating certificate using yum update ca-certificates and yum reinstall ca-certificates
  3. I tried yum clean all and rpm --rebuilddb.
  4. I also commented mirrorlist line and uncommented baseurl line in fedora.repo and fedora-update.repo files.

None of the above solutions are working for me. Can anyone suggest where the problem lies?

Following are the links where I took reference from:

  1. yum Damaged repomd.xml file
  2. http://forums.fedoraforum.org/archive/index.php/t-263369.html
  3. http://digitizor.com/2009/06/17/how-to-fix-the-cannot-retrieve-repository-metadata-repomd-xml-error-in-fedora-11/

1 Answer 1


Fedora 16 was end of life on 2013-02-12, almost 2 years ago. The repositories, for that version, probably have been taken offline.

You should reinstall a supported version.

  • suppported version of what? repository or operating system as a whole?
    – iammurtaza
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 9:45
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    Of Fedora. If you following the link you see that Fedora 19 will end-of-life in a few days, so take 20 or 21
    – Anthon
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 9:49

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