How to install additional packages in XenServer

Last updated on May 12, 2012 by Dan Nanni

By default, XenServer enables only the official Yum repository from Citrix. For example, to examine all enabled repositories on XenServer, you can run the following command.

$ sudo yum repolist enabled
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
repo id                   repo name                                   status
citrix                    XenServer 5.6.100 updates                   enabled: 0

However, the default Citrix Yum repository is void of any useful software. If you want to install a standard Linux package on XenServer, you need to enable a base repository as follows.

$ sudo yum --enablerepo=base --disablerepo=citrix install traceroute

If you want to enable base repo on XenServer permanently by default, you can update /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo as follows.

$ sudo sed -i -e "s/enabled=0/enabled=1/" /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

From this point on, you can install any software package available in base repository without explicitly enabling it.

$ sudo yum install vim-enhanced
$ sudo yum install gcc

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