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This utility eats an errata.latest.xml from the CEFS project [] and converts it in to a useable updateinfo.xml that you can inject in to your CentOS repositories. It is purpose built for a specific use case, but it can be modified to suit your particular needs.


You must set the configuration variables in the header of the script first. Once you've done this, simply run: /path/to/errata.latest.xml

It will write out a number of updateinfo.xml files in the BUILD_PREFIX/updateinfo-RELEASES/ directory.

You can now take the appropriate updateinfo.xml file and inject it in your repository using the /usr/bin/modifyrepo command.

NOTE that there is an 'other' release in the RELEASES variable. That is the directory where all packages that don't match a particular release number will be stored. You can use this for debugging or other tracking purposes. You don't need to inject this in to any of your repos.


The following example illustrates how you would go about using this for a CentOS 6 repo. The assumption is that you've set the BUILD_PREFIX=/security and that your CentOS-6-Updates directory lives under /repositories/

wget -q -N -P/tmp

(cd /tmp/ && sha1sum -c <(wget -qO-|grep bz2) ) <(bzip2 -dc /tmp/errata.latest.xml.bz2)

/usr/bin/modifyrepo /tmp/updateinfo-6/updateinfo.xml /repositories/CentOS-6-Updates/repodata

Now that your repos have the data they need you can install the yum-plugin-security package and make use of it like so

yum install yum-plugin-security

yum security-list

Loaded plugins: changelog, fastestmirror, security
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
CentOS-6-OS                                                                                                                                                                              | 1.2 kB     00:00
CentOS-6-Updates                                                                                                                                                                         | 1.2 kB     00:00

CESA_2013__1764        security    ruby-
CESA_2013__1764        security    ruby-irb-
CESA_2013__1764        security    ruby-libs-
CESA_2013__1764        security    ruby-rdoc-
CESA_2013__1806        security    samba-client-3.6.9-167.el6_5.x86_64
CESA_2013__1806        security    samba-common-3.6.9-167.el6_5.x86_64
CESA_2013__1806        security    samba-winbind-3.6.9-167.el6_5.x86_64
CESA_2013__1806        security    samba-winbind-clients-3.6.9-167.el6_5.x86_64


Kristian Kostecky []

Copyright and license

Copyright (C) 2013 Kristian K. [] []

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see [].


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