How to download EPEL packages that are retired
I always enable the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) yum repository on my Red Hat (and similar) systems.
However, some of the EPEL packages that I use freqently have been recently orphaned, then retired as per EPEL's policy. I found a way to download them manually. Of course they're not updated but for these packages, I don't mind. One example is nmon. I'll show you how to manually download nmon even though it's retired.
You have two options.
The first one is to go there: http://buildlogs.cdn.centos.org/c7-epel.a64/ (for RHEL7-x64).
The second is:
- First go to this URL.
- At the top, enter "nmon" in the search box, then press Enter.
- Search for the version you want. In my case, it is the EL6 version, so I clicked on it, and it sent me to this URL
- On that page, there are download links for the source RPM and all the different arch. In my case, the arch is x86_64, so I just had to click on the download link.
- A few seconds later, I had the rpm on my computer. All I had to do is to use scp or WinSCP to copy it on the server that needed it, then run yum install for it.