CentOS 5.2 Yum Automatic Updates

Took a little hunting around to find this out (I haven’t been using yum very long), perhaps it will help someone in the future.

  1. Update everything: yum update
  2. Install yum-cron. This is an alternative to yum-updatesd, a daemon that looked like people were having problems with and were not recommending for servers. yum install yum-cron.
  3. yum-cron isn’t a daemon, its a way of getting some daily weekly cron scripts installed on the server so that yum updates once per day and cleans up once per week. When you do a chkconfig –list you’ll see that yum-cron is in the list and is off for all run-levels, not sure if that’s important or not since once its installed, cron and the cron scripts should work fine on reboot (as long as crond is on). I turned yum-cron on any way chkconfig yum-cron on.
  4. That’s it. Now yum should check for updates each night and install any thing its found.
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2 thoughts on “CentOS 5.2 Yum Automatic Updates

  1. Thanks for this! I was looking since a while.

    Looks like it’s necessary to start & enable yum-cron because in the script located in cron.daily says:

    # Only run if this flag file is set (by /etc/rc.d/init.d/yum-cron)
    if [ ! -f /var/lock/subsys/yum-cron ]; then
    exit 0
    fi

    And this “flag” is set when /etc/init.d/yum.cron start is executed.

    Cheers

    Ramiro

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