Installing RPMForge for CentOS 5.0

CentOS 5

You should make sure that you have ProtectBase installed.


yum-protectbase is available in the CentOS 5 repositories:

yum install yum-protectbase

Plugins are enabled in CentOS 5 by default.

Edit the file /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo and add the following line to the [base] and [update] and [centosplus] section:


Leave the [centosplus] section disabled:


Edit /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo and add the following line to the other sections



Download the rpmforge-release package. Choose one of the two links below, depending on your architecture. If you are unsure of which one to use you can check your architecture with the command uname -i

(You can find a complete list of rpmforge-release package packages at but it is recommended that you use one of the two listed above).

Install DAG's GPG key

rpm --import

Verify the package you have downloaded

rpm -K rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.*.rpm

Security warning: The rpmforge-release package imports GPG keys into your RPM database. As long as you have verified the package and trust Dag then it should be safe.

Install the package

rpm -i rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.*.rpm

This will add a yum repository config file and import the appropriate GPG keys.

Test with this command:

yum check-update

It should output these two lines:

Loading "protectbase" plugin

76 packages excluded due to repository protections

The number above may differ, but there should be several packages shown as being excluded.

If so then it looks like things are working so try installing something like this

yum install mplayer


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