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How to List the Files Installed by the YUM Package Manager November 2, 2012

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Linux.

The Yellow dog Updater Modified (YUM) is an open-source  command-line package management utility for computers running the Linux RedHat-based Operating system (Fedora , CentOs , RedHat)  . Package management is a term used , by Linux administrators ,  to describe the processes of adding , removing , and updating software on a computer . Of course there are other ways to install software on Linux , like compiling the source-code , but undoubtedly , YUM is the most convenient solution  .

Prerequisites : The reader should already be familiar  with Linux administration tasks via the terminal . This Blog has already published a few articles that are focused on the YUM package manager . Some links :

Occasionally we need to see exactly what files are part of an installed package (documentation , binary and configuration files) .  On a RedHat based Linux  system , one easy way to do this is to use the  repoquery command line utility , which is part of yum-utils  package . The following screenshot demonstrates a practical example , it displays all documentations related to an Apache web-server  :

A “man  repoquery ” will display a detailed description of all options of this utility . Some noteworthy options are :

  • -R  :  List package dependencies
  • -i  : Show general information about a package
  • -f  : Package version

There are many other options , just read the man page . An on-line version of the man-page is available at this link .

The demo was made on an amazon-ec2-CentOs-6 instance .  The IP was dynamically assigned , after the demonstration , the instance will be rebooted .



1. Liza - November 15, 2012

good work done by the blogger, keep up the work going.

2. Lesly - November 21, 2012

amazing post.

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