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Manages Yum Repository files in /etc/yum.repos.d on CentOS / RHEL 5.x.

Yum repositories included in this recipe: EPEL, ELFF, Dell OMSA, Dell Community, Dell Firmware, VMware Tools, and more...


This cookbook requires RHEL or CentOS 5.x, and newer. It has not been tested on other platforms. It probably will not work with RHEL 4 or CentOS 4, especially if you have not taken action to manually install yum on that platform.


RHEL 6 support is fairly well tested in the dell, vmware-tools, and epel recipes. Let me know if you find a platform 6 bug, related to any one of the recipes.

The yumrepo::dell recipe requires Dell manufactured hardware. This recipe should automatically disable itself if non-Dell hardware is detected by Ohai

A breaking change in this cookbook is the introduction of an upgrade recipe for vmware-tools. Since VMWare does not support upgrades on their packaged vmware-tools, I created a vmware-tools-upgrade recipe to migrate from vmware-tools 4.1 to 5.0u1. You should ensure the yumrepo recipes are not in a base role, until all your nodes have been migrated to 5.0u1. Due to this incompatibility, vmware-tools has been removed from the default recipe. If you still need vmware-tools for ESX 4.1, use the previous version of this cookbook 0.15.4.

The yumrepo::vmware-tools recipe requires a VMWare Virtual Machine. This recipe should automatically disable itself if non-VMWare hardware is detected by Ohai.

Individual Recipe Usage:


Includes recipes:

  • yum::yum
  • epel
  • dell



  • Provides repo files for the following Dell repositories.

    • hardware / Open Manage Server Administrator
    • community / formerly the software repository
    • firmware / Convenient but unsupported by Dell
    • See for more info
  • repo[:dell][:download_firmware] = true||false

    • disables/enables community/firmware repositories in dell recipe
    • OMSA (hardware) repository will detect Dell hardware platform and enable itself, dynamically. It is not affected by this attribute.


  • Provides repo files for
    • Ruby and Opscode Chef packages for RHEL distros


  • Removes vmware-tools for ESX 4.1 installed with this cookbook. Then includes the yumrepo::vmware-tools recipe to re-install VMWare Tools compatiblie with ESX 5.0u1. This must be in your run list before the yumrepo::vmware-tools recipe to successfully upgrade the tools with the recipe.


  • Uninstalls VMwareTools rpm installed from the VMware ESX "Install/Upgrade VMware Tools" menu
  • Uninstalls manually installed vmware-tools packages, the recipe needs to first run to use the RPM packages from the repo.
  • Provides RPM keys and repo file for VMware Tools for the ESX 4.1 release


  • repo[:vmware]:release
    • This is used to determine the correct URL in the VMware RHEL5/CentOS repository.


  • Annvix repository for packages usable with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS.




  • Generic example recipe to be used with an internal Yum mirror, or repository.
    • By default this recipe uses the basename of your domain as the repository name.


  • Jenkins CI yum repository

License and Author

Author:: Eric G. Wolfe Copyright:: 2010-2011

Author:: Tippr, Inc. Copyright:: 2010

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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