I'm trying to install winswitch on CentOs 6. It requires 'nxagent'. But in centos, the package name is 'nx'. Is there a way to tell yum to skip checking the 'nxagent' dependency (i installed 'nx' already)? Specifying --skip-broken skips the whole thing
yum doesn't have options to ignore a single package from the dependencies. Option
--skip-broken ignores all unresolved dependences.
You can try
yum --exclude=packagename but it excludes a specific package by name or glob from updates on all repositories, not from dependencies.
rpm command has the
--nodeps option that you can use. A challenge is that
rpm by itself is not aware of yum repositories. The following command will install or update the package, ignoring dependencies, but automatically looking up the download URL from your repositories with
repoquery which is in package
rpm -Uvh --nodeps $(repoquery --location winswitch)
After that, a regular
yum update will likely succeed without dependency errors.
It sounds like you're trying to install package that has not been designed for the OS, i.e. if it was designed for CentOS it would require
Another workaround for the problem is to create and install a small shim RPM package that contains no files, but in the spec file contains the following lines (amongst others):
requires: nx provides: nxagent
That way the dependency should be satisfied however it may be expecting files to be in a location that differs between the
nxagent package it expects to have installed and the
nx package that CentOS provides.
you can also use rpmrebuild to change the rpm metadata to point at the new package name. this will then be "your" package, but is cleaner as far as the rpm dependencies go. There's no disadvantage over using --nodeps I think.