What is the meaning of status column in the yum repolist output on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6?

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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Issue

  • What is the meaning of status column in the yum repolist output on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6?

      # yum repolist 
      Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
      repo id                                                   repo name                                                       status
      rhel-x86_64-server-6                                      Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)         5,098+2  <-- 
      rhel-x86_64-server-optional-6                             RHEL Server Optional (v. 6 64-bit x86_64)                        3,525
      rhn-tools-rhel-x86_64-server-6                            RHN Tools for RHEL (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)                      42
      repolist: 8,665
    

Resolution

  • Looking in the source code we can observe:

    yumcommands.py
    ---------------------------------------
    class RepoListCommand(YumCommand):
        def getNames(self):
            return ('repolist',)
    
      {... SNIP ...}
                    # We don't show status for list disabled
                     if arg != 'disabled' or verbose:
                         if verbose or base.conf.exclude or repo.exclude:
                             num        = len(repo.sack.simplePkgList())
                         else:
                             num        = len(repo.sack)
                         ui_num     = _num2ui_num(num)
                         excludes   = repo.sack._excludes
                         excludes   = len([pid for r,pid in excludes if r == repo])
                         if excludes:
                             ui_excludes_num = _num2ui_num(excludes)    
                             if not verbose:
                                 ui_num += "+%s" % ui_excludes_num <--- shows the number of excluded packages
                         tot_num   += num
    
  • Going further and looking at yum's man page:

    ".... 
      In  non-verbose  mode the first column will start with a '*' if the repo. has metalink data and the latest metadata is not local. For non-verbose mode
    the last column will also display the number of packages in the repo. and (if there are any user specified excludes) the number of packages excluded.
      .... "
    
  • The status column shows the number of packages available in repository. In the below example (5,098+2) means that there are 5100 packages in the repository out of which Number of packages can be install(5098) + packages excluded(2):

          # yum repolist 
          Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
          repo id                                 repo name                                                       status
          rhel-x86_64-server-6                    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)         5,098+2 
  • To check which packages have been excluded from installation please check /etc/yum.conf file.

Root Cause

  • yum repolist output shows an expression with 'packages+number'

      # yum repolist 
      Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
      repo id                                                   repo name                                                       status
      rhel-x86_64-server-6                                      Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)         5,098+2  <-- 
    

Diagnostic Steps

  • To reproduce the situation, look the example below at a RHEL6 box:

       # cat /etc/redhat-release 
       Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.1 (Santiago)
    
      ** No packages were excluded
       # grep -i exclude /etc/yum.conf /etc/yum.repos.d/*
    
      # yum repolist 
       Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
       repo id                                                              repo name                                                         status
       rhel-x86_64-server-6                                                 Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)          5,100
       rhel-x86_64-server-optional-6                                        RHEL Server Optional (v. 6 64-bit x86_64)                         3,525
       rhn-tools-rhel-x86_64-server-6                                       RHN Tools for RHEL (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)                       42
       repolist: 8,667
    
      ** Adding 2 packages into the exclude list
    
      # grep -i exclude /etc/yum.conf /etc/yum.repos.d/*
       /etc/yum.conf:exclude=x3270 x3270-x11
    
      # yum repolist 
       Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
       repo id                                                      repo  name                                                        status
       rhel-x86_64-server-6                                         Red Hat  Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)         5,098+2  <--  2 pkgs excluded
       rhel-x86_64-server-optional-6                                RHEL  Server Optional (v. 6 64-bit x86_64)                        3,525
       rhn-tools-rhel-x86_64-server-6                               RHN Tools  for RHEL (v. 6 for 64-bit x86_64)                      42
       repolist: 8,665
    
  • Component
  • yum

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