installing source rpm packages (.src.rpm) via yum and yumex?

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Wed Feb 6 22:41:53 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-06 at 16:28 -0600, Gabriel M. Elder wrote:
> I've spent some time trying to find a way to install source rpms from
> the source repos using yum and yumex, thus far to no avail. The various
> internet search engines didn't turn up anything really useful regarding
> this.
> I've enabled the fedora-source repository by manually editing
> the /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo file. I came across a suggestion to add
> the line: "repo_exclude =" to /etc/yumex.conf, which allows all repos to
> be listed in the "Repository Selection View" in yumex. I was surprised
> to learn that yumex does not show the source and debuginfo repos in this
> list by default, even if they are enabled.
> I've checked out the man page, but apparently there is no command-line
> option for yum to tell it to install a given source package. Nor have I
> been able to find any sort of gui control in yumex that would assist me
> towards this end. Pirut doesn't seem to offer this feature, either.
> This is almost making me want to use apt (which seems faster overall,
> anyway).
> So... what am I missing here, folks? Is it possible to install a source
> rpm from a source repo via yum or yumex? If so, how? Has this capability
> just not been implemented yet? Or should i just wget what i need and
> forget about using yum to fetch sources?
> tia,
> - gabriel
yum will not install source rpms as far as I know. You can download the
src rpm: x.src.rpm
then run: rpm -i x.src.rpm 
which will put a file : x.spec in /usr/src/redhat/SPECS
Then run: rpmbuild -bb x.spec
which will put a rpm: x.rpm in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS
That rpm can be installed as usual: rpm -i x.rpm
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