Last updated on November 28, 2020 by Dan Nanni
yumcommand on [CentOS, Fedora or RHEL], I got the error saying that "Another app is currently holding the yum lock; waiting for it to exit... The other application is: PackageKit". PackageKit seems starting automatically in the background, interfering with
yumcommand. How can I disable PackageKit to avoid this
PackageKit is a suite of programs designed for checking, updating, and (un)installing packages on a Linux system. When PackageKit is running in the background, it blocks any other software management initiated by users (e.g., with
When you fail to run
yum command due to PackageKit holding the
yum lock, you can simply wait for PackageKit to finish, and then run
yum command again.
However, if PackageKit is really annoying to you, you can disable PackageKit. Here is how to turn off PackageKit on CentOS/RHEL-based system.
One way to get around PackageKit during
yum operation is to use
--disableplugin option with
yum command. This will temporarily disable PackageKit, and thus you can proceed without being interferred with by PackageKit.
$ sudo yum install --disableplugin=refresh-packagekit <package-name>
If you want to turn off PackageKit permanently, you can do the following.
$ sudo systemctl disable packagekitd
This will disable PackageKit permanently on the next boot.
/etc/yum/pluginconf.d/refresh-packagekit.conf with a text editor, and change
$ sudo vi /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/refresh-packagekit.conf
A final approach is to simply remove PackageKit altogether.
$ sudo yum remove PackageKit
If you are encountering different types of errors while running
yum command, refer to this tutorial to fix them.
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