Linux yum command skip updating packages

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Q. How can I skip any packages updating while using yum update command in CentOS / RedHat / RHEL / Fedora Linux server system?

A.yum command under RedHat / Centos has the -x or –exclude option. It will exclude a specific package by name or shell glob (* or ?) from updates on all repositories.

yum exclude package syntax

Use the following syntax ( you must login as the root user to use following commands):
yum -x {package-name} update
yum --exclude={package-name} update

For example, exclude httpd or kernel package from update, enter:
# yum -x httpd* update
# yum --exclude=kernel* update

For further information read yum command man page:
$ man yum

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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