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Use yum on Linux to Install Previous Package Versions

When installing packages via yum the default will be to install the latest and greatest package that you request. It is possible however to install previous versions of the package by first seeing what versions of the package are available followed by a more detailed command to install a previous version.

Search Package Versions
First issue the below command to use yum yo display all versions of a package. This will only work on yum versions 8.1.X and below. See below for what to do on yum versions 8.2.X and above.


  1. yum search package_name
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How to Find Out Which Package Installs a Certain Command Using yum

To find out how to install a certain command or utility via yum you can use list or the “whatprovides” option as shown below.  

This is an example of using yum with the list option to find any packages with “send” in the name.


  1. yum list *SEND*

Using this command will provide results like the below.


  1. [root@server ~]# yum list *SEND*
  2. Loading "installonlyn" plugin
  3. Setting up repositories
  4. Reading repository metadata in from local files
  5. Available Packages
  6. mgetty-sendfax.x86_64 1.1.33-9.fc6 base
  7. nautilus-sendto.x86_64 0.7-5.fc6 base
  8. nautilus-sendto-bluetooth.x86_64 0.7-5.fc6 base
  9. perl-Email-Send.noarch 2.192-2.el5.rf rpmforge
  10. perl-Jabber-SimpleSend.noarch 0.03-1.el5.rf rpmforge
  11. perl-Mail-SendVarious.noarch 0.3-1.el5.rf rpmforge
  12. perl-Mail-Sender.noarch 0.8.16-1.el5.rf rpmforge
  13. perl-Mail-Sendmail.noarch 0.79-1.2.el5.rf rpmforge
  14. perl-Net-SenderBase.noarch 1.01-1.el5.rf rpmforge
  15. perl-X11-SendEvent.noarch 1.3-1.2.el5.rf rpmforge
  16. sendip.x86_64 2.5-2.el5.rf rpmforge
  17. sendmail.x86_64 8.13.8-2.el5 base
  18. sendmail-cf.x86_64 8.13.8-2.el5 base
  19. sendmail-devel.x86_64 8.13.8-2.el5 base
  20. sendmail-devel.i386 8.13.8-2.el5 base
  21. sendmail-doc.x86_64 8.13.8-2.el5 base

If you are unable to provide the command or utility you are looking for using the list option then try whatprovides as shown below when trying to install iostat.