[CentOS] yum $releasever thinks it's 1 instead of 3

Matt Hyclak hyclak at math.ohiou.edu
Wed Oct 10 13:07:12 UTC 2007

On Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 08:59:36AM -0400, Steve Campbell enlightened us:
> I just upgraded one of my Tao boxes to Centos 3. The usual procedure is 
> to do a yum update twice, and all is fine.
> This time, I had to rebuilddb before I could run the second yum update, 
> and once I started this, yum fails. It says that $releasever is "1.0".
> Now I realize I could manually edit my yum.conf and make it go to 3, but 
> this may not fix the problem down the road. Can someone tell me where 
> this variable is defined, and any suggestions on how to fix this 
> problem, please? Might a reinstall of yum packages fix this, as a last 
> resort?
> Thanks very much.

(Manually) get the centos-release rpm and install that, it should handle the
rest for you.


Matt Hyclak
Department of Mathematics 
Department of Social Work
Ohio University
(740) 593-1263

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