Thursday, October 15th 2009

More YUM and how to fix
posted @ 5:32 am in [ Technology ]

Yum is great – it really is a blessing when it is installed as you can upgrade a whole Linux system really easily.

The problem is that most shared hosting providers use CentOS so that they can provide ‘virtual’ servers to customers, and as it is basically a very good free copy of RedHat Linux.

CentOS however doesn’t come with Yum so you need to install it, and here’s the common errors when installing and how to fix

1. No module named yum

There was a problem importing one of the Python modules
required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was:

No module named yum

Please install a package which provides this module, or
verify that the module is installed correctly.

It's possible that the above module doesn't match the
current version of Python, which is:
2.4.3 (#1, May 24 2008, 13:47:28)
[GCC 4.1.2 20070626 (Red Hat 4.1.2-14)]

If you cannot solve this problem yourself, please go to
the yum faq at:

This is actually Python complaining that it can’t find the Yum library to install when it runs. You can try installing it into Python (run python, type ‘import yum’) however this never seems to work for me, so alternatives are to add the directory the Yum source is in to the python path, or to run Yum directly with python using ‘python ‘. This works quite well 🙂

2. AttributeError: CHECKSUM_VALUE

This seems to be a mismatch in versions between the Yum package you are installing and the version of the Yum Metadata Parser you have installed. Best trick is to remove the one you have, and install a new one from fresh

rpm -qa | grep yum-metadata-parser
rpm -ev --nodeps yum-metadata-parser-VERSIONFROMABOVECMD

Download the version you want from the Yum homepage –

and install this – should fix it nicely 🙂

Also – found this list of requirements for Phthon etc. based on the version of Yum installing

* yum 3.0.1 – Stable Release, Python 2.4+ and rpm 4.3+ systems only. Requires repomd repositories. Works under FC5, FC6 and rawhide.
* yum-metadata-parser 1.0.2 – C-based metadata parser to quickly parse xml metadata into sqlite databases.
* yum 2.6.X – Stable Release, Python 2.3+ and rpm 4.1.1+ systems requires repomd repositories: 2.6.1 latest known to work with some FC3, FC4, FC5, RHEL4 and compatible distributions
* yum 2.4.X – Stable Release, Python 2.3+ and rpm 4.1.1+ systems requires repomd repositories: 2.4.2 latest known to work with: FC3, FC4, RHEL4 and compatible distributions
* yum 2.0.X – for python 2.1+ and rpm 4.1.1-4.3.1 systems: 2.0.8 latest
* yum 1.0.X – for python 1.5.2+ and rpm 4.0.4 systems: 1.0.3 latest – considered obsolete


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