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REVIEW: The Fedora Legacy Project

by Thomas Chung on Mar 6, 2004 (UPDATED 2004-10-27)

As of Sep 20, 2004, Fedora Core 1 has been transferred to the Fedora Legacy Project.
See the Official Announcement from Fedora Project.

To use yum repository from Fedora Legacy Project, update your /etc/yum.conf as following:


name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base
name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Released Updates

Here is the actual run of "yum update" using repository:

[root@www root]# yum update
Gathering header information file(s) from server(s)
Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Base
Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Released Updates
Finding updated packages
Downloading needed headers
Resolving dependencies
Dependencies resolved
I will do the following:
[update: cups 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386]
[update: cups-libs 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386]
[update: httpd-manual 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386]
[update: httpd-devel 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386]
[update: httpd 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386]
[update: cups-devel 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386]
[update: mod_ssl 1:2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386]
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Getting cups-1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386.rpm
cups-1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i 100% |=========================| 2.5 MB    00:02
Getting cups-libs-1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386.rpm
cups-libs-1.1.19-13.2.leg 100% |=========================|  98 kB    00:00
Getting httpd-manual-2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386.rpm
httpd-manual-2.0.51-1.4.l 100% |=========================| 1.4 MB    00:01
Getting httpd-devel-2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386.rpm
httpd-devel-2.0.51-1.4.le 100% |=========================| 143 kB    00:00
Getting httpd-2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386.rpm
httpd-2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i 100% |=========================| 1.0 MB    00:00
Getting cups-devel-1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386.rpm
cups-devel-1.1.19-13.2.le 100% |=========================| 132 kB    00:00
Getting mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386.rpm
mod_ssl-2.0.51-1.4.legacy 100% |=========================|  84 kB    00:00
Running test transaction:
Test transaction complete, Success!
httpd 100 % done 1/14
cups-libs 100 % done 2/14
cups 100 % done 3/14
httpd-manual 100 % done 4/14
httpd-devel 100 % done 5/14
cups-devel 100 % done 6/14
mod_ssl 100 % done 7/14
Completing update for cups  - 8/14
Completing update for cups-libs  - 9/14
Completing update for httpd-manual  - 10/14
Completing update for httpd-devel  - 11/14
Completing update for httpd  - 12/14
Completing update for cups-devel  - 13/14
Completing update for mod_ssl  - 14/14
Updated:  cups 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386 cups-libs 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386 
httpd-manual 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386 httpd-devel 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386 
httpd 2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386 cups-devel 1:1.1.19-13.2.legacy.i386 
mod_ssl 1:2.0.51-1.4.legacy.i386
Transaction(s) Complete
[root@www root]# 


The Fedora Legacy Project is community-supported open source project. It is not a supported project of Red Hat, Inc. although Red Hat, Inc. does provide some support services for it.

The goal of The Fedora Legacy Project is to work with the Linux community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for select End of Life Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core distributions. This will allow for a longer effective life for those releases.

"Legacy" Red Hat Linux

As many of you know already, Red Hat has stopped releasing security patches (errata) for Red Hat Linux 7.x, 8.0 at the end of December 2003 and expected to stop releasing security patches for Red Hat Linux 9 at the end April 2004. Many of us including me may have experienced a confusion or lost what to do and most importantly how to get security patches for your "Legacy" Red Hat Linux. This is why and where The Fedora Legacy Project comes in - to support "Legacy" Linux community by "Experienced" Linux community.

Yum Repository

Just like The Fedora Project, The Fedora Legacy Project also offers Yum repositories but for only "Legacy" Red Hat Linux including Red Hat Linux 7.2, 7.3, 8.0 and soon 9 (To Be Announced).

The Fedora Legacy Update Advisories are located at

Real Test

Since I have a server running Red Hat Linux 7.3, I've decided to put it to real test on our own server. First download yum with following command:

# wget

As usual, I couldn't wait to try it out so I just installed it with following command:

# rpm -Uvh yum-1.0.3-6.0.7.x.legacy.noarch.rpm

Then I noticed, its own yum.conf was saved as yum.conf.rpmnew which means unless you update your own yum.conf based on yum.conf.rpmnew, your yum client is still pointing to old yum repository instead of new fedoralegacy yum repository.

I wanted to be "clean" install. I didn't want any "old" configuration files so I've decided to start over.

# rpm -e yum  --> This is how you remove current yum package
# rm -rf /etc/yum.conf  -->  I just wanted to make sure
# rm -rf /etc/yum.conf.rpmsave  --> This is what created when you remove yum package
# rm -rf /etc/yum.conf.rpmnew  --> This is what created when you install new yum package if old yum package exist
# rpm -Uvh yum-1.0.3-6.0.7.x.legacy.noarch.rpm  --> Now "clean" install with new yum configuration file

Check the "new" yum configuration file with following command:

# cat /etc/yum.conf
name=Red Hat Linux $releasever base
name=Red Hat Linux $releasever updates
#name=Red Hat Linux $releasever updates-testing
name=Fedora Legacy utilities for Red Hat Linux $releasever

NOTE: I've set tolerant to 1 (yes) to be more tolerant to error message I was getting during the first yum check-update run.

For more information, type "man yum.conf"


During the first yum update, I've also noticed it requires GPG Key for better security. Of course, you could disable the option by appending # in front of gpgcheck=1 but I've decided to go along with default setting.

To import GPG Keys for your yum client, type following command:

# gpg --import /usr/share/doc/yum-1.0.3/*GPG-KEY
Yes, the new yum pacakge you just installed comes with 3 GPG-KEY:

# ls -1 /usr/share/doc/yum-1.0.3/*GPG-KEY

The Result

After running yum update, following "new" packages have been installed as a result:

# rpm -qa | grep legacy

If you have "Legacy" Red Hat Linux as described above running in your environment, I highly recommend The Fedora Legacy Project as we are dependent on our own server and proudly support as an important part of our project.