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I have a Centos 6 server and I have upgraded several packages. I can, supposedly, downgrade them with yum history undo <packageName> but all I get is downgrade failed for every single package.

In the documentation it says that it downgrades if there is an older version in the repositories. So my question is: Which repositories? Obviously the ones I have, include the latest versions. How can I configure such a thing?

In my repolist the only repos enabled are:

Centos-6 - Base
Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64
Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - Testing - x86_64 - Source
CentOS-6 - Extras
CentOS-6 - Updates

Thank you

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Those are the repositories. – Michael Hampton Mar 12 '13 at 9:22
But then why can't I undo? How come every downgrade fails? – idipous Mar 12 '13 at 9:29
Hm, then perhaps you should edit your question. We can't see your screen nor read your mind, so we don't know what you're seeing. – Michael Hampton Mar 12 '13 at 9:43
What additional information would you like. I would be happy to provide them. The issue is that when I do yum history undo #transID it doesn't undo the update. – idipous Mar 12 '13 at 9:58
You can copy and paste, right? – Michael Hampton Mar 12 '13 at 10:01


yum history undo takes transaction id (not package name) as an argument and clearly communicates that to you if you get it wrong

Bad transaction ID given
Error: Failed history undo

but since you got Failed to downgrade message, I'm going to assume that's just a typo and you do have transaction id from yum history list.


This is likely due to archive repository being disabled. For example, CentOS uses CentOS-Vault.repo to hold packages from previous releases while Webtatic uses webtatic-archive.repo.

To see all installed (not just enabled) repositories:

ls -la /etc/yum.repos.d/

Find appropriate <archive_repository>.repo for your failed package(s), set enabled=1 and roll back your transaction:

yum history undo <transaction_id>
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I don't have access to the server anymore. Thanks for taking the time to respond however. I will test this when I get the first opportunity and let you know how it went. – idipous Apr 12 at 8:48

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