I run a VMware ESXi server here that hosts ~500 separate VMs, clones, templates and test builds of operating systems for testing, development, personal playground and other roles.
Some of these VMs are older Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian and various other Linux distributions. Since those distributions are no longer active, maintained by the community, the update URLs to install packages have gone away, or been moved to new locations.
Here’s how to update and fix those older versions of Fedora Linux so you can continue to install packages on them, past their “community expiration” date. I’ll post another entry for the same work for Ubuntu and Debian as well.
In your /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory are a number of configuration files specific to yum and repositories. It’s contents may look something like this:
[root@fedora-fc4 / yum.repos.d]# ls -lart total 72 drwxr-xr-x 116 root root 12288 Nov 23 22:57 .. -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 344 Nov 24 14:42 fedora-updates-testing.repo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 336 Nov 24 14:42 fedora-updates.repo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 305 Nov 24 14:42 fedora-extras.repo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 319 Nov 24 14:42 fedora-extras-devel.repo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1130 Nov 24 14:42 fedora-devel.repo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 300 Nov 24 14:43 fedora.repo drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 24 14:43 .
In the case of Fedora Linux, you’ll want to change each of these so they reflect the new archive site, vs. the original download site, which no longer resolves and does not exist.
The original URL looks like this:
You’ll want to edit that to point to the following new URL (highlighted in red below):
Once you make these edits to all of the repository files, you can run ‘yum update’ again and fetch all of the legacy update packages, install, remove and keep them as current as those distributions were at that time.
$ sudo yum install git-core Setting up Install Process Setting up repositories updates-released 100% |=========================| 951 B 00:00 extras 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00 base 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00 Reading repository metadata in from local files Parsing package install arguments Resolving Dependencies --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait. ---> Downloading header for git-core to pack into transaction set. git-core-22.214.171.124-2.fc4.x8 100% |=========================| 67 kB 00:00 ---> Package git-core.x86_64 0:126.96.36.199-2.fc4 set to be updated --> Running transaction check Dependencies Resolved ============================================================================= Package Arch Version Repository Size ============================================================================= Installing: git-core x86_64 188.8.131.52-2.fc4 extras 2.9 M Transaction Summary ============================================================================= Install 1 Package(s) Update 0 Package(s) Remove 0 Package(s) Total download size: 2.9 M Is this ok [y/N]: y Downloading Packages: (1/1): git-core-184.108.40.206-2 100% |=========================| 2.9 MB 00:05 warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 1ac70ce6 public key not available for git-core-220.127.116.11-2.fc4.x86_64.rpm Retrieving GPG key from file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-extras Importing GPG key 0x1AC70CE6 "Fedora Pre Extras Release
" Is this ok [y/N]: y Key imported successfully Running Transaction Test Finished Transaction Test Transaction Test Succeeded Running Transaction Installing: git-core ######################### [1/1] Installed: git-core.x86_64 0:18.104.22.168-2.fc4 Complete!
Now it works. Good luck!