On a machine without yum, I have version 3.2 of a package installed and I have downloaded version 2.4 manually, how do I install the older version?


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rpm -Uvh --oldpackage [filename]

--oldpackage allows you to install older versions, -U means "upgrade", but in this case it will just replace the other version. If you use -i instead of -U you will end up with both versions installed.

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    The vh arguments are optional here. Only -U (or --upgrade) and --oldpackage are necessary. Jul 18, 2014 at 19:47
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    rpm -U --force [filename] also allows downgrades
    – Sasha
    Sep 8, 2015 at 17:57
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    For kernels rpm -i --force <package url / filename> works (since you want to keep multiple versions) Feb 9, 2018 at 8:01

You can also try yum downgrade packagename, depending on the version of yum on your system.

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    You are correct, but OP specified "on a machine without yum" so either yum is broken or missing.
    – Criggie
    May 18, 2017 at 5:08
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    At the time of this answer, "without 'yum'" was not part of the OP's question. Please see the edit history.
    – ewwhite
    Mar 23, 2019 at 22:36
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    Best leave answer for completeness, and your comment clarifies why.
    – Criggie
    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:46

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