I'm reading the official documentation of Red Hat 6 (Deployment Guide) where in chapter 6 about yum they use the following command to show transactions:

yum history info (id)

this command should allegedly show the command that has been issued by the user on the command line. However on my Red Hat 6 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.0 (Santiago) ) I cannot see that field.

Here's what should appear in the command response according to documentation:

Command Line: install screen

my yum seem to display all fields but Command Line.

Is the documentation outdated or is it yum version problem?

Here's the output of yum history info 8:

Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit, rhnplugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Transaction ID : 8
Begin time     : Mon Aug 19 13:41:54 2013
Begin rpmdb    : 1084:65de5635b414c70762820c21547fbd04b195ff4b
End time       :            13:42:13 2013 (19 seconds)
End rpmdb      : 1084:0199a2a8ec5de1036ccf87f49bd3e091e410cb5f
User           : TR <tr>
Return-Code    : Success
Transaction performed with:
    Installed    rpm-4.8.0-12.el6.i686
    Installed    yum-3.2.27-14.el6.noarch
Packages Altered:
    Updated      tar-2:1.23-3.el6.i686
    Update           2:1.23-11.el6.i686
history info
  • I can't reproduce this. Try giving the system an entitlement, and updating it. Aug 22, 2013 at 20:35

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Yum history command line is implemented in a later version of yum.

According to this doc, in version 3.2.29-18 it is implemented, so I'd go ahead and yum update yum

yum rpm package changelog:

* Thu Aug 11 2011 James Antill <james.antill@redhat.com> - 3.2.29-18
- Deal with pre scripts errors better.
- Resolves: rhbz#661962
- history nows stores and display rpmdb/yumdb information (Eg. from_repo).

edit: yum still won't be able to see the command line information from transactions made before the functionality was implemented.

  • I updated yum to 3.2.29-40. Now I get a few more fields in the output, but Command Line field is still not there.
    – Jaro
    Aug 22, 2013 at 20:07
  • have you upgraded anything after yum? It won't be able to find things you downloaded before upgrading yum...
    – Petter H
    Aug 22, 2013 at 20:20
  • No, I haven't. It's just a test system.
    – Jaro
    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:43
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    OK so 1. update yum to version >= 3.2.29-18. 2. install something else. 3. check yum history info for that id, and the command line should be there. It can't show command line from before the function was implemented
    – Petter H
    Aug 23, 2013 at 12:01
  • Yeah! You are right. Indeed it's not able to show the previous commands, but the new one are displayed in Command Line field. Thanks for a hint!
    – Jaro
    Aug 23, 2013 at 19:14

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