I have a directory full of rpms (And their dependencies). Currently I am executing yum localinstall ./packages_directory/*.rpm to install all packages in there. It automatically skips the ones already installed. However this is taking too long if all packages are already installed. I would like for it to go faster for installed packages. An alternative I thought is to check if each one of those packages are already installed (With some other command perhaps). If they are not installed then I run a localinstall on them. Can someone help me write the script for that? Or maybe a faster alternative.

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    run createrepo on the directory, then you can add a new repo to your yum.conf or whatever and do a yum install specifying just that repo.
    – meuh
    Jun 2, 2016 at 20:29
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    Do not use Fedora 17. It is years EOL and unsupported. Update to current Fedora 23.
    – Jakuje
    Jun 2, 2016 at 21:08
  • @Jakuje It is not an option Jun 3, 2016 at 16:27

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I came up with a script for it (Fedora 17). Assuming that the current directory where script is running is also the directory of where the rpms are located:

    echo "Installing/Checking Fedora packages. Process may take a while..."
    for i in *
        if test -f "$i" #Test if it is a file
           i=$(basename $i) #Remove parent directory part of the string
           PACKAGE_NAME=${i::-4} #Remove .rpm from the end of file name
           if rpm -q $PACKAGE_NAME | grep "not installed" > /dev/null #If package not yet installed
            echo "Installing $i ..."
                yum localinstall ./fc17/"$i" -y > /dev/null #Install this package 
    echo "Packages checked/installed"


For fedora 22 just replace yum localinstall with dnf install

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    You can make this go significantly faster by adding --nosignature --nodigest to your rpm -q call.
    – mattdm
    Jun 4, 2016 at 17:29
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    Also, your filename munging to get package name will work with all official Fedora packages, but third-party vendor packages may make the filename differ from the package name. So you could replace that with rpm --nosignature --nodigest -qp --qf '%{name}-%{version}-%{release}.%{arch}\n' packagename.rpm
    – mattdm
    Jun 4, 2016 at 17:31

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