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"repos" is short for repositories. In the world of Linux "distros" these are the sites where the software packages associated with a Unix/Linux distribution live.

Repos issues occur when a particular release starts to age, and loses support. There are other causes as well. Problems encountered and solutions found are documented below, along with plenty of links (which have their own problems with aging as well).

CentOS Repos

These are description files in /etc/yum.repos.d

Red-Hat - many times, if you are careful and know what to look out for, you can use CentOS RPMs and get away with it. I've done this in instances where a customer has critical stuff running on an unlicensed copy of RedHat and they can't pull RPMs with yum from the RedHat repos. (Comments on this anyone?)

See /etc/redhat-release (/etc/release) and then look in (Version 6.3 for example)

The yum

 --nogpgcheck (disable gpg signature checking) comes in handy when messing with RPMs this way

For rpm it's

 --nodigest                       don't verify package digest(s)
 --nosignature                    don't verify package signature(s)

Debian Repos


Fedora Repos


Ubuntu Repos

Natty Repos - this link points to a Natty document, but at the time the link was added, the site had repo information for many other releases as well. Instructions for adding/managing repos as well.

Note: since Natty is old, the backports repository might be key...

Xubuntu Repos