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RHN yum command: Unable to read consumer identity Warning and Solution

I am using yum update command with RHN to upgrade packages installed on my server, but getting the following warning on screen :

yum update -y
Loaded plugins: product-id, protectbase, rhnplugin, security, subscription manager:
Updating certificate-based repositories.
Unable to read consumer identity
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check

How do I get rid of this warning /error under RHEL 6 server?

You need to edit the following files

[a] /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/subscription-manager.conf

[b] /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/product-id.conf

Use a text editor such as vi:
# vi /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/product-id.conf /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/subscription-manager.conf
Set enabled to 0 as follows in both files:


Save and close the file. Finally, type the following command to clean cache:

rm -rfv /var/cache/yum/*
yum clean all

You can now install or update the system:
# yum install packageNameHere
# yum -y update


As per RHEL KB # 165803 root cause for this error was:

When RHN Classic or RHN Satellite is used for updating the system, subscription-manager should be disabled.

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Patrick Burwell October 1, 2013, 5:40 pm

    This is not recommended with RHEL6:
    rm -rfv /var/cache/yum/*
    yum clean all

  • he yu January 24, 2014, 4:28 am

    This article doesn’t apply to rhel6. If change the enable value to 0, yum doesn’t work properly. Even after subscription.

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