Say I have installed mypkg-1.2.3-4567.noarch.rpm from some yum repo.

  1. Is it valid for the rpm publisher to re-publish mypkg with the same version and release and just run createrepo --update? Is it recommended?
  2. If #1 is allowed, will yum upgrade my installation of mypkg if I run yum install mypkg again?

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No, the rpm publisher has to increase the release number each time the rpm changes. yum update mypkg or yum install mypkg will have no effect if a package with the same name-version-release is already installed.

  • thank you. I searched but could not find this assertion in the yum man page or other official documentation. Could you please point me to something official that says this?
    – ottodidakt
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 6:41

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