We've got a big batch of RHEL6 machines that are due for patching, and for some reason the process here does not involve a local repo. I'm new here, I've asked why, ["it just didn't work"] and I don't have enough time to make it work before the window that's already scheduled.
So the usual method is to install
yum-downloadonly and run
yum update --downloadonly --downloaddir=/mnt/cifs_share and then
yum update /mnt/cifs_share/*.rpm which just does not look right to me since not all of these machines have the same set of installed packages.
The method I tried today was mounting the share to
/var/cache/yum/x86_64/6Server/rhel-x86_64-server-6/packages/ which worked, but then yum automatically deleted everything once it finished.
I've looked over the
yum man page, but I don't see any flag I can feed it to stop it from deleting everything, nor a flag like up2date's
Can anyone out there help me kludge this together until I can get a local repository working?