CentOS / RHEL: Delete Old Yum Repositories and Configuration Files

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How do I delete old yum repositories and configuration files under RHEL 5 or CentOS Linux server?

You can delete old yum repositories and its configuration files from /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory

Method #1: Delete Repo Configuration Files Using the rm Command

Type the following commands
# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
# ls -l

Sample outputs:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  954 Aug 11  2010 epel.repo
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1054 Aug 11  2010 epel-testing.repo
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  561 Dec 14  2010 rhel-debuginfo.repo
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  222 Dec 14  2010 rhel-source.repo
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  235 Jan 16 15:27 srpm.repo

To delete epel.repo, enter:
# rm epel.repo epel-testing.repo
### ***************************** ###
### make sure you delete GPG keys also ###
### ***************************** ###
# rm /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL
# yum clean all

Method #2: Delete Repo .rpm Package

First, find out repo package name, enter:
# rpm -qa | grep epel
Sample outputs:

epel-release-5-4

# yum remove epel-release-5-4
# yum clean all

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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2 comment

  1. If you remove an repo manually, you must at least run “yum clean all” first, because yum will clean it’s cache only for the configured repo’s. Clean manual removal will need a removal of the old repo Cache files in /var/cache/yum also.

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