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    Question CentOS: Basics, YUM repos, etc


    I've noticed that when installing a lot of packages through yum they are extremely old versions and out of date. I'm running CentOS 5.9 on a hosted VPS and also did make sure all of the existing packages are up-to-date as soon as I got the VPS setup.

    I do have experience in Linux server administration however it's been a couple years since I've touched it and I'm especially not very experienced in CentOS.

    From what I can understand I may need to add different repositories that contain more up-to-date packages to yum? If that is correct, how would I go about doing that. I'm very confused. I tried adding a .repo file in the proper directory but I can't seem to get it to pull packages from it.

    If anyone could explain the basics of the repositories and packages on the CentOS platform it would be greatly appreciated.

    Please note that I have indeed used Google as a resource for many of my questions and cannot seem to grasp the concept and organization of yum.
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    found THIS through google.
    looks like it might be some good info.
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    Excellent, thank you!

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