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Speeding up yum

asked 2014-04-20 08:46:12 -0600

megh gravatar image

updated 2014-04-20 16:37:20 -0600

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I live in a country like India and internet is really slow

So I would like yum to not download metadata and other unneccesary data everytime.

I have seen that downloading the updates and fedora repository metadata takes a lot of time.

So can I configure way to stop it or make yum start the download process faster?

(I already use the fastestmirror plugin and download speed is proper (as per my internet connection))

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Yum Fast Downloader plugin it's awesome. It works and now yum it's fast enough. Hmm, I think this comment should be converted to an answer.

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-07-20 05:47:30 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-04-20 21:27:54 -0600

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Yes. You can either reconfigure yum to cache the metadata for a longer period using metadata_expire (refer to man page of yum.conf) or use dnf which caches for a longer period by default.

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metadata would mean information about package version of a remote repository. Between two metadata refresh the package version in the current metadata would be the latest even if upstream has released a new package and that is available in the repository. Am I correct?

What are the recommended value for metadata_expire?

What are the repercussions of longer expire timeout?

How can I manually refresh metadata?

sudhirkhanger gravatar imagesudhirkhanger ( 2014-04-20 22:02:53 -0600 )edit

You are correct. Yum default is 6 hours while you can even configure it to be 2 days. It just means you won't necessarily get the very latest updates. yum clean expire-cache will force expire the cache.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-04-21 00:01:53 -0600 )edit

expire-cache may remove local data. Don't you think yum clean metadata would be a better option.

sudhirkhanger gravatar imagesudhirkhanger ( 2014-04-21 07:46:05 -0600 )edit

Actually no. expire-cache only sets the cache as expire while clean metadata does more. What I suggested is the better option for this purpose.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-04-21 08:11:05 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-04-20 22:06:39 -0600

There is also Yum Fast Downloader to use Aria to download packages.

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answered 2014-04-21 18:51:37 -0600

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Please see that thread.

Turbo Charge Yum with Fastest Mirror and AxelGet Plugins

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Should i use yum fast downloader or axelget?

megh gravatar imagemegh ( 2014-04-22 06:22:58 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-04-20 22:30:58 -0600

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Use fedy to configure yum :)

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