Thursday, April 3, 2014

RHEL 7 and Installing EPEL

RedHat 7 is nearly here. It is out in beta right now. This means that I've installed it for reasons that are clear to no one. It also means we'll get a number of posts related to making it do the most basic things.

Notably, installing EPEL 7 right now is not obvious. Typically there is a .rpm file that will install the repository for you. That is true in this case but the link to it is hard to find.

Additionally, not all packages from EPEL 6 are in EPEL 7. If you find a package you need, reach out to the maintainer to get it migrated. The process is relatively painless.

To install EPEL on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta:

wget ''

nibz@computer$ wget ''
--2014-04-03 14:30:34--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 13200 (13K) [application/x-rpm]
Saving to: ‘epel-release-7-0.1.noarch.rpm’

100%[======================================>] 13,200 84.0KB/s in 0.2s 

2014-04-03 14:30:35 (84.0 KB/s) - ‘epel-release-7-0.1.noarch.rpm’ saved [13200/1

 Then install the rpm file:

[skrum@pdxudev98 Downloads]$ yum update
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, subscription-manager
You need to be root to perform this command.
[skrum@pdxudev98 Downloads]$ sudo !!
sudo yum update
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, subscription-manager
This system is not registered to Red Hat Subscription Management. You can use subscription-manager to register.
epel/x86_64/metalink                                     |  14 kB     00:00    
epel                                                     | 3.7 kB     00:00    
(1/2): epel/x86_64/group_gz                                | 243 kB   00:00    
(2/2): epel/x86_64/primary_db                              | 1.7 MB   00:04    
No packages marked for update

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