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I want to see the source files for deamons that I have installed on CentOS via yum. Can they be found locally or should I just go to the repository site for them.

I know its trivial but I would like to see the exact source that I am useing.

Thanks in advance.

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You'll need to get the source rpms <pkg name>-<version>.src.rpm. Yum can't do this natively, but if you install the yum utils and add a couple of repos you can grab them easily.

This site explains the process better than I can off the top of my head :).

Also the quickest and easiest way to get the source out of the RPM is the setup a build environment then you just install the source RPM. the source will be in $BUILD_ROOT/SRC

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The yumdownloader did the job. thanks –  Saifis Feb 24 '10 at 2:14

CentOS uses rpm packages, binary equivalent to RedHat, so you can use standard RH weapons to access the files in the packages:

rpm -ql /var/cache/yum/reponame/packages/filename.rpm

This will query the package (if it is installed) and show you where the files are.

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The wanted rpms where from rpmforge but /var/cache/yum/rpmforge/pachages where empty. However I was able to find many rpms for the some base rpms. Thank you –  Saifis Feb 24 '10 at 2:20

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