[CentOS] how to push the bounds and get newer packages for centos 5.4?

Mathieu Baudier mbaudier at argeo.org
Thu Feb 18 14:20:28 UTC 2010

> I use epel (has a lot of different stuff but generally does not have newer
> versions of standard packages), rpmforge (sometimes has newer stuff and may
> cause some conflicts) remi (up to date ocsinventory-server, php, mysql), and
> opennms (Sun JVM 1.5 and opennms).  Normally I leave epel enabled in the yum

We use as well:

- EPEL: their missions statement is that they will NEVER update base:

- RpmForge: but we rather tend to enable it and use includepkgs in the
repo file to add the packages we are interested in (in order to get
their updates)

- ElRepo: useful for drivers for a desktop install

- for all other stuff we tend to rebuild SRPMS picked-up at different
places and maintain our own repositories (using createrepo to generate
the metadata, and putting them on a standard httpd server, this is not
a big deal).

Good sources for SRPMS are
  - the personal repo of Karanbir: http://centos.karan.org/
  - older fedora distributions (going down from the latest to Fedora
6), sometimes requires a bit of hacking of the spec files:
  - finally, looking in RPM search engines for the proper SRPM: like

Then there are also "specialized" repositories that may address your needs.

Some that I heard of but not really tested:
- Latest PHP and Python (you may be especially interested in this
one!): http://iuscommunity.org/packages/
(there was some arguments around it in the docs mailing list:
- PostgreSQL: http://yum.pgsqlrpms.org/
- etc.

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