How do I enable the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository on Amazon AMI?

EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a repository of  (as the name implies) A collection of packages not directly released with the given linux distribution release cycle. By default these packages are not available but all the wiring in the amazon AMI instance is already done all one needs to do is enable it. To do so check the two following ways.

Modify /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo.

Under the section marked [epel], change enabled=0 to enabled=1.

To temporarily enable the EPEL 6 repository, use the yum enablerpo option :

--enablerepo=epel.

Example

yum search iperf  --enablerepo=epel

This will return :

How to use EPEL in Amazon AMI image
How to use EPEL in Amazon AMI image

 

That’s it short and sweet 😛

 

 

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