Yum fails with import error "cannot import name urandom"

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  • Yum commands fail with traceback error:
[root@unused~]# yum repolist
There was a problem importing one of the Python modules
required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was:

   cannot import name urandom

Please install a package which provides this module, or
verify that the module is installed correctly.

It's possible that the above module doesn't match the
current version of Python, which is:
2.4.3 (#1, Dec 22 2011, 12:12:01)
[GCC 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-50)]

If you cannot solve this problem yourself, please go to
the yum faq at:


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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