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Baseurl and Metalink. What are they?

asked 2018-06-28 09:31:42 -0500

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updated 2018-11-04 03:23:11 -0500

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File in this location has baseurl and metalink.

What are they and what they do mean?

Most importantly, why should I care about them?

Appreciate your help. Have a great day.

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answered 2018-06-28 11:12:19 -0500

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updated 2018-06-29 13:24:45 -0500

a baseurlis the URL of one repository server (it can be something like: or using the mirror service:

a metalink is an URL to a xml document (repodata.xml) that includes checksums and a whole list of mirror servers that have metadata (repodata).


You should not have to care about the two. Just leave dnf use the metalink (that's default setting) and as long as everything works fine, don't worry. (Take a look at /etc/yum.repos.d./fedora.repo - you see both URLs there, one is commented out (#).

Edit: a quick search returned this blog post, it has a few more details on metalinks:

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Because of the multiple mirror servers, if one doesn't work dnf will try one of the other ones. That happens on a regular basis.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-06-28 15:19:34 -0500 )edit

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