Announcing the Utter Ramblings EL5 Repository

August 28, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

It's been a long time coming (I believe the first time I mentioned creating packages for Enterprise Linux 5 was back in April), but yes, that's right, the packages from my EL4 repository have finally been recompiled for use under RHEL and CentOS 5!

As with the EL4 packages, everything has been tagged with my name ("jason"), as well as a build id, so that the RPMs can easily be identified as having come from my repository. All of the files are also signed with my GPG key so you can rest assured that you are receiving the exact same packages that are used on all of the sites that I manage and that none have been tampered with since they were originally uploaded.

That all said, there are a few notable changes between the packages I've made available for EL4 and those I've created for EL5.

  • The subversion packages available for the two operating systems are NOT the same. The EL4 binaries mimic the stock EL4 packages and the EL5 binaries mimic the stock EL5 binaries (which provides access via Ruby and Java, as well as Perl). Both, however, have been upgraded to 1.4.4 (from 1.1.4 and 1.4.3 respectively).
  • If you plan to use a few of the more eclectic PHP packages under EL5 then you will need to make sure that you have the "extras" repository enabled (it's enabled by default so unless you turned it off this shouldn't be an issue). This isn't required under EL4 because the packages needed are not available from the EL4 "extras" repo so I have rebuilt them and included them in mine.
  • The mysqlclient10, mysqlclient14, and perl-DBD-MySQL packages have been removed because they are no longer needed (the first two are only required if you have software compiled for older MySQL libraries and the third is sufficient in the 'base' repo).

You can find more info on setting up your server to access my repository at the Yum Repository page. Changes made to the repo will be logged on the Changelog page.


4 Responses to “Announcing the Utter Ramblings EL5 Repository”
  1. Dave says:

    Are the SRPMs available for EL5? Thanks.

  2. Jason says:

    I provide SRPMS for the major packages in my repository at the bottom of the announcement pages for the update in question. For the most part, the SRPMS are not different for EL4 and EL5.

  3. Snorkel says:

    Hi Jason,
    I see there are binary php 5.2.4 packages. do you have a link to the Source RPM?



  4. Jason says:


    A post about PHP 5.2.4 is coming within the next hour or so. A link to the src.rpm will be included.

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