How to install additional packages in XenServer

By default, XenServer enables only Citrix yum repository. For example, to examine all enabled repositories on XenServer, run the following.

$ sudo yum repolist enabled
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
repo id                   repo name                                   status
citrix                    XenServer 5.6.100 updates                   enabled: 0

However, the default Citrix yum repository is void of any useful software. If you want to install a standard Linux package on XenServer, you need to enable a base repository as follows.

$ sudo yum --enablerepo=base --disablerepo=citrix install traceroute

If you want to enable base repo on XenServer permanently by default, you can update /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo as follows.

$ sudo sed -i -e "s/enabled=0/enabled=1/" /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

From this point on, you can install any software package available in base repository without explicitly enabling it.

$ sudo yum install vim-enhanced
$ sudo yum install gcc

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