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Get Redhat updates without subscription, fix cPanel “No method to auto repair package system” EasyApache error

A Red Hat 4 server could not rebuild Apache or PHP with cPanel’s EasyApache. It kept getting a no method to auto repair package system error. cPanel support said this was due to the Red Hat subscription expiring.

Instead of paying for another $375 subscription just to get some updates, I migrated the server to the corresponding Centos 4.x release. I then made the proper packages were excluded in the first yum [main] block:

exclude=apache* bind-chroot courier* dovecot* exim* httpd* mod_ssl* mysql* nsd* perl* php* proftpd* pure-ftpd* ruby* spamassassin* squirrelmail*

and then yum list and yum update worked.

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