yum Download All Source Packages (SRPM) From RedHat / CentOS WebSite

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How can I use yum to download source packages instead of manually downloading every single package from RHN / CentOS / RedHat Ftp website?

You need to install a package called yum-utils. yum-utils is a collection of utilities and examples for the yum package manager. It includes utilities by different authors that make yum easier and more powerful to use. These tools include: debuginfo-install, package-cleanup, repoclosure, repodiff, repo-graph, repomanage, repoquery, repo-rss, reposync, repotrack, verifytree, yum-builddep, yum-complete-transaction, yumdownloader, yum-debug-dump and yum-groups-manager. Type the following to install yum-utils:
# yum install yum-utils
Once installed, create a repo for SRPM as follows:
# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/srpm.repo
Append the following code:

[rhel-src]
name=Red Hat Enterprise Linux $releasever - $basearch - Source
baseurl=ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/$releasever/en/os/SRPMS/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-redhat-release

Save and close the file.

How do I download php srpm file?

Simply use the command as follows:
# yumdownloader --source {packagename}
# yumdownloader --source php

Sample output:

Loaded plugins: rhnplugin
rhel-src                                                                                                                               |  951 B     00:00
primary.xml.gz                                                                                                                         | 615 kB     00:02
rhel-src                                                       2266/2266
Enabling epel-source repository
epel-source                                                                                                                            | 1.9 kB     00:00
primary.sqlite.bz2                                                                                                                     | 662 kB     00:00
Enabling epel-source repository
php-5.1.6-23.el5.src.rpm                                                                                                               | 8.0 MB     00:20

To list file, enter:
# ls *src.rpm

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1 tink May 28, 2010 at 1:11 am

Centos replaces $releasever, the RH ftp site has 5Server for release – how does one work that w/o hardcoding 5Server?

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2 haoling-geeker June 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

I can’t open the ftp websit,I only open the websit of http://xxxxxx; you can try the http website as follows. And you will find 6Server! And I am confused. Is the website false ?
the websit: http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/6Server/en/os/SRPMS/

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3 haoling-geeker June 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

I just download some srpms to learn!
But my linux distribution is the Fedora!
So I have the quesion!
Thanks a lot!
And I know w/o means without!

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4 haoling-geeker June 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

this samples have some faults! I use it and find some code which is modified! as follows:
1) baseurl=ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/$releasever/en/os/SRPMS/
modified : baseurl=http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/versions/en/os/SRPMS/
versions is filled with the word that you browse the website http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise and match a version, such as : 6Server;
I use the fedora linux. But if I download some Redhat source code,I can”t use the enviroment variables! So, I replaced the $varaibles!

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