CentOS 6: Yum Downloadonly Changes Local Source Repositories

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Hi All,

I’m trying to use yum with the downloadonly option to collect a set of packages including dependencies. I noticed that even on CentOS 6 the downloadonly option is currently a default feature of the core of yum itself, which is nice.

However something strange occurs when one of the repositories to download from is a local repository, like:

name=My custom repo

I added such a repo to my yum configuration and then executed:

yum install -y –downloadonly –downloaddir=downloads custom_package

When executing the above the package in question is suddenly renamed from:




Note that the architecture part and file extension are removed with the file in the local repo, where I wouldn’t expect yum to even try to change something there. Also nothing is downloaded into the downloads dir as specified.

Strangely when it concerns a package that comes from a repository that is configured as an http URL, the download option works flawlessly.

Has anyone else seen this behavior? Is it a bug? Or is there a way around this?
Actually I would even prefer not having to run yum as root for this, unfortunately yum to require write access to lock files in /var/.

Platform: CentOS 6.9 (also not working with CentOS 7, then it keeps the file intact, but doesn’t download either)
Yum: 3.2.29-81.el6.CentOS

Kind regards, Danny