Can yum tell me which of my repositories provide a particular package?

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asked Mar 11, 2009 by brian-deacon

Hopefully short version of the question: If I'm on a machine that has a particular package installed, is there a yum command that will tell me which of it's configured repositories provided that package? (Or alternately, what repository would provide a yet-to-be-installed package.)

Background in case some context is needed: We have a maze of yum repositories that we draw from. I have a machine that has a particular rpm package installed, and another machine with an apparently insufficient maze of repositories configured, and so I am not able to install the package I want onto that machine. I need to add the minimal necessary repositories to the new machine. I can't just shotgun the repositories from one machine to the other. And just going out and grabbing the rpm isn't an option because I need this to be reproducible.

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answered Mar 11, 2009 by janneb
yum list packagename

That will show from which repository the package is in the third column of the output.

For already installed packages, that won't work, as the third column shows just "installed". In that case you can do e.g. "rpm -qi packagename", typically the Vendor, Packager and Build Host tags will give an indication to which repository the package belongs. Also it's quite common for some repo symbol being appended to the package version number.

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answered Jan 11, 2012 by sciurus

For a single package, you can find this with

repoquery --qf "%{repoid}" $PACKAGE

Replace $PACKAGE with the name of the package you care about.

You can find all packages that came from a specific repository with

repoquery --repoid=$REPO -a --qf "%{name}" | sort > repo_packages
rpm -qa --qf "%{name}\n" | sort > installed_packages
comm -1 -2 repo_packages installed_packages

Replace $REPO with the id of the repository you care about; you can see the ids of all your enabled repositories with yum repolist.

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answered Mar 6, 2012 by 8none1
repoquery -i {packagename} 

This will give you the actual repo name vs the unhelpful "installed" that yum returns. repoquery is provided by yum-utils.

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answered Mar 29, 2013 by akostadinov

You can use yum -v search that would show you packages along with repo it is present in. If you also add --showduplicates you will see all versions of that package.

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answered Jan 24, 2014 by lucian-ciufudean
yum reinstall [package_name]

Then when asked to confirm, you can choose N to not change your system:

Sample output on a centos:

Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package mc.x86_64 1:4.6.1a-35.el5 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                      Arch                             Version                                   Repository                      Size
 mc                           x86_64                           1:4.6.1a-35.el5                           base                           2.1 M

Transaction Summary
Remove        0 Package(s)
Reinstall     1 Package(s)
Downgrade     0 Package(s)

Total download size: 2.1 M
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answered Sep 15, 2017 by jeffmcneill

Here are some ways of discovering the repository for a given installed package:

rpm -qi {packagename}


repoquery -i {packagename}


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