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01-12-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Excluding packages with Yum

Many Linux servers are configured to update automatically. I never liked this, but some clients want it this way. You can however at least configure yum to exclude some packages from automatically updating. For my, I want to BE THERE when PHP, Kernel, Apache, or MySQL updates. Edit the /etc/yum.conf file and add this line at the end (if it isn't there):

exclude=kernel* php* httpd* MySQL* mysql*
Also, you may want to make sure assumeyes is disabled:

That will keep it from updating/installing packages without confirming first.

When it comes time to update manually, just do it like so:

yum update --disableexcludes=all
Hope that little trick helps!
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