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How to Create Local YUM Repository

YUM package manager can be used to update or install packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems from a customized repository.

To create a YUM repository follow these steps:

1. Install the createrepo tool

To do so, run the following command as root:

yum install createrepo

Also there is mostly compatible C implementation of the createrepo tool named createrepo_c, which may be installed with:

yum install createrepo_c

2. Then, create repository directory and place packages there:

mkdir /path/to/repository
cp /path/to/packages /path/to/repository

3. Run “createrepo”

The createrepo tool traverse through the repository directory and creates a new directory called repodata. This is the place where the metadata for the newly created repository will be stored:

createrepo /path/to/repository

4. Create a YUM configuration file for the repository

The configuration file should be placed under the /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory and could look like:

# /etc/yum.repos.d/myrepo.repo
name=My Repository

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