Enable Yum As A Nightly Service
simon andrews (BI)
simon.andrews at bbsrc.ac.uk
Wed Mar 3 14:40:44 UTC 2004
Clint Harshaw wrote:
> I'm not using the patch (I simply wanted to show that I had done my
> homework prior to posting) because I haven't seen anyone else's yum.conf
> that uses it. And I am using mirrors -- my yum.conf is basically the
> same one found at the artoo site.
> The same symptoms are going on at my work machine as well (which I am at
> right now). I have yum checked in services, I'm using mirrors, but it's
> not doing the updates.
By any chance do you access the internet via a proxy server? If so then
yum will pick up the proxy address from the HTTP_PROXY environment
variable when you run it interactively (you didn't say, but I'm assuming
that if you run "yum update" manually then everything's OK?), but will
fail from the overnight cron job.
The trouble is that the cron environment doesn't have the proxy
information in it so you need to hack the yum cron script to do this for
Below is my yum.cron script. Just adjust the proxy values to match your
site details and it should work OK.
$ more /etc/cron.daily/yum.cron
if [ -f /var/lock/subsys/yum ]; then
/usr/bin/yum -R 10 -e 0 -d 0 -y update yum
/usr/bin/yum -R 120 -e 0 -d 0 -y update
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