urpmi.cfg - urpmi option and media configuration file format


The urpmi.cfg file is divided in multiple sections: one section to set global options, and one section per media.


Some global options can be activated by default. The following sample shows how to disable signature checking and avoid transaction splits :

        split-length: 0

The following options can be written in this section :


Same as specifying --allow-force for urpmi. Disabled by default.


Same as specifying --allow-nodeps for urpmi. Disabled by default.


For remote media, specify when files.xml.lzma, changelog.xml.lzma and info.xml.lzma are downloaded:


(This is the default).

The specific xml info file is downloaded when urpmq/urpmf/rpmdrake ask for it. urpmi.update will remove outdated xml info file.

nb: if urpmq/urpmf/rpmdrake is not run by root, the xml info file is downloaded into /tmp/.urpmi-<uid>/


urpmi.update will update xml info files already required at least once by urpmq/urpmf/rpmdrake.

nb: with update-only, urpmi.update will not update /tmp/.urpmi-<uid>/ xml info files


all xml info files are downloaded when doing urpmi.addmedia and urpmi.update


Same as specifying --no-recommends for urpmi. Disabled by default.


Same as specifying --auto for urpmi. Disabled by default.


Deprecated (use rsync-options)


Additional options to pass to curl's command line when downloading files.


A comma-separated list of media names. By default, only those media will be taken into account (that is, when you don't specify an alternate list of media via the --media command-line option.)


Disables checking of certificates when connecting to a https medium. By default the certificates are checked and the connection will fail if the certificate is invalid. This option shouldn't be used for maximum security.


Same as --download-all option for urpmi: downloads all packages before installing into the specified directory. If you want to use the default location, assign an empty string to it (WARNING! "yes" or "1" are NOT the options you really want to use here!)


Specify which download program to use: wget or curl.


Same as specifying --excludedocs for urpmi. Disabled by default.


Same as --excludepath for urpmi. This options allows to give a comma separated list of paths to be excluded on installation. There is no path exclusion by default.


Same as --fuzzy for urpmi or urpmq. Enable or disable fuzzy search. Disabled by default. Enabling it can be written in various ways : fuzzy or fuzzy: yes or fuzzy: on or fuzzy: 1.


Same as --keep for urpmi or urpmq.


This option is not available on the command line. It allows to use a comma separated list of key ids to be globally accepted (keys still need to be authorized by rpm) for any medium unless a specific key-ids option for this medium is given. There is no default (even Mageia public key id 70771ff3 is not included by default).


Don't check file systems for sufficient disk space before installation. Same as specifying --ignoresize for urpmi. Disabled by default.


Same as --limit-rate for all tools. This option allows to control download speed; there is no limitation by default. The number is given in bytes per second, unless a suffix K or M is added.


For mirrorlist, the maximum number of mirrors to try before giving up. (since sometimes all mirrors have the same problem and it is useless to try more).


After a number of days, urpmi.update will update the list of mirrors (to get potential new mirrors).


Don't import pubkeys when updating media.


Obsolete. Enabled by default.

pre-clean, post-clean, clean

Control cache management for urpmi, default is only activated as post-clean.


A comma-separated list of package names that must be installed first, and that trigger an urpmi restart.


A comma-separated list of package names that must never be removed (just like basesystem dependencies).


Same as --prozilla-options for urpmi, urpmq or urpmi.addmedia. Additional options to pass to prozilla when downloading files.


Same as specifying --resume for urpmi. Resume transfer of partially-downloaded files.


Specify how many times the downloader should retry in case of non-permanent errors.


Additional options to pass to rsync when downloading files. Note that the rsync options will also be used for ssh media.


Same as --split-length for urpmi. This option allows to control the minimal length of splitted transactions. The default value is 8. Setting this value to 0 disables the splitting of transactions.


Same as --split-level for urpmi. This option allows to control if transactions should be splitted depending of the number of packages to upgrade. The default value is 1.


Same as --strict-arch for urpmi. Boolean option, enabled by default, meaning that packages can not be upgraded with versions for another architecture.


Same as --verify-rpm for urpmi. Enable or disable signature checking (it's enabled by default). Disabling it can be written in various ways (as for all the other boolean options) : no-verify-rpm or verify-rpm: no or verify-rpm: off or verify-rpm: 0.


Additional options to pass to wget's command line when downloading files.


A medium is described as follows :

    name url {
        ... list of options, one per line ...

where name is the medium name (space characters must be prefixed by a backslash) and where url is the medium URL.

Most other options like list, media_info_dir, synthesis, removable, virtual are for internal use and should be changed only by experienced users.

Options like update, ignore or key-ids can be modified by users to respectively mark mediums as update sources, to have them being ignored, or to specify the allowed GPG key ids for packages from the medium for verification (unless of course signature checking has been disabled globally). It's also possible to override verify-rpm and downloader in a medium description.

The noreconfigure flag can be added to specify that the media should not be reconfigured (by a reconfiguration file present on the mirror).

Media can be marked as static: this means that they will never get updated by urpmi.update or other means. This is useful for read-only media such as CDs.

Please note that key-ids is automatically set by urpmi.update or urpmi.addmedia if a remote pubkey file is available on the mirror. This file contains all the GPG armor keys that may be used.


A { should finish a line, as well as a } should start it when used. This means the construction { no-verify-rpm } on a single line is invalid.


Thierry Vignaud <> (current maintainer), Pascal Rigaux (original author), François Pons, Rafael Garcia-Suarez


urpmi(8), urpmi.files(5).