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Re: Installing dependencies only

On 3/26/06, Anne Wilson <cannewilson tiscali co uk> wrote:
> > > > Is it possible with yum and with only one instruction to install not a
> > > > certain package but all its dependencies?
> > >
> > > That is the normal behaviour.  You ask for one package, and if you
> > > already have all the dependencies you will get one package.  If you
> > > haven't got them all you may find that it says it needs to install 3 or
> > > more.  It always asks permission before installing.
> >
> > Thanks, Anne, but it is not what I wanted to mean: imagine that the
> > package x.rpm has, as dependencies, the packages y.rpm and z.rpm; in
> > this case, I would like to install only the dependencies, i.e., only
> > y.rpm and z.rpm, and NOT x.rpm.
> >
> All I can suggest, then, is to ask yum for the original package, then when it
> lists the necessaries, reject the install and give a new yum command listing
> the required dependency packages.
> It seems a rather strange requirement, so telling the reason for the
> requirement may spark of some better solution from a more knowledgeable
> poster.

Taking my example above, x.rpm is not supplied by any repository;
then, a simple method to install it is

yum localinstall x.rpm

With this procedure, I will know the dependencies, which I will install before

rpm -ihv x.rpm

as "yum localinstall" is not able to install x.rpm due to the fact
that x.rpm is not signed.


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