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So I [almost] know how to update an offline rhel/centos 7 system, I am using a second identical system which is registered with RHN and other repositories.

In /etc/yum.conf I have keep_cache = 1 and I have 1000+ rpms under /var/cache/yum/x86_64/7Server/<repo>/packages/

update: forgot to mention i also am doing /etc/yum.repos.d/local.repo having file:///root/localrepo

On the first time, if I put simply put ALL rpm's under one folder /root/localrepo/ for example then do createrepo /root/localrepo then a yum update works fine.

In the future, on my RHN connected system I get new rpm's, I move and add them to my offline system under that /root/localrepo but a yum update does not automatically see them. What is the correct usage of createrepo then to make yum update work as expected on this offline system?

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You need not only to exec createrepo but also install and run web server, point it to the directory where the packages (repo) are located and add record/file in /etc/yum-repos.d which point to your web server and path of your repo.

You can also skip the web server but in this case your repo file should point to file://path instead of http://server/path

Check this article for more information about repo config files.

Here is example config file from the site above

[red-hat-enterprise-linux-scalable-file-system-for-rhel-6-entitlement-rpms]
name = Red Hat Enterprise Linux Scalable File System (for RHEL 6 Entitlement) (RPMs)
baseurl = https://cdn.redhat.com/content/dist/rhel/entitlement-6/releases/$releasever/$basearch/scalablefilesystem/os
enabled = 1
gpgcheck = 1
gpgkey = file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release
sslverify = 1
sslcacert = /etc/rhsm/ca/redhat-uep.pem
sslclientkey = /etc/pki/entitlement/key.pem
sslclientcert = /etc/pki/entitlement/11300387955690106.pem
  • what do you mean by exec createrepo ? – ron May 14 at 17:47
  • I am familiar with your link of 8.4.2. Setting [repository] Options... at least i think i am. Hoping to simply drop new rpm files under my /root/localrepo and have yum update see them. So far I've been deleting /root/localrepo/repomond then doing createrepo /root/localrepo again... seems like there should be a better way? – ron May 14 at 17:51
  • @ron, as I mention you should create repo file in /etc/yum-repos.d to "inform" yum you have new/other repo which the program can use – Romeo Ninov May 14 at 18:17
  • right, i have already done that (forget to mention) with /etc/yum.repos.d/local.repo having baseurl=file:///root/localrepo – ron May 14 at 18:56
  • @ron, did you enable this new repo? yum-config-manager --enable repository... – Romeo Ninov May 14 at 19:00

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