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I have a CentOS 6.3 machine. I'm running yum update but it doesn't show any updated package. I have already tried yum clean all and yum clean expire-cache. Any help will be really appreciated.

[root@www1 yum.repos.d]# yum list update
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Error: No matching Packages to list

P.S. I have epel installed as well, and I was playing with that while ago. I'm thinking that I might screw up something that day, probably ...

P.P.S. I've also tried to use baseurl instead of mirrorlist, again no success at all ...


I had this line in my yum.conf which was supposed to keep the postfix package for manual updates. I just comment that out and everything seems fine now. Could anybody explain why?



I was trying to do yum list update which was wrong! I should write updates not update. Actually the yum update works well, however I thought if yum list update is not working, then yum update will not work as well.

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@MichaelHampton but it's not only a package, it's not showing anything. I'll check the configuration again ... – Mahdi Mar 11 '13 at 8:15
It looks like the same problem, and the solution is the same. – Michael Hampton Mar 11 '13 at 8:19
@MichaelHampton wow, please take a look at my update, do you have any idea why it happened? – Mahdi Mar 11 '13 at 8:22
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Error: No matching Packages to list

It means that there is no package named... "update". The right command is:

yum list updates

man yum:

       The  following are the ways which you can invoke yum in list mode.  
    Note that all list commands include information on the version of the package.    

       yum list updates [glob_exp1] [...]
              List all packages with updates available in the yum repositories.
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you are 100% right! I was confused by yum update and yum list updates ... thanks! – Mahdi Mar 11 '13 at 8:55

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