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4.2.3. Displaying Package Information

The yum info package_name [more_names] command displays information about one or more packages (glob expressions are valid here as well). For example, to display information about the abrt package, type:
~]# yum info abrt
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
Installed Packages
Name        : abrt
Arch        : x86_64
Version     : 2.0.1
Release     : 2.fc15
Size        : 806 k
Repo        : installed
From repo   : fedora
Summary     : Automatic bug detection and reporting tool
URL         :
License     : GPLv2+
Description : abrt is a tool to help users to detect defects in applications and
            : to create a bug report with all informations needed by maintainer
            : to fix it. It uses plugin system to extend its functionality.
yum info package_name is similar to the rpm -q --info package_name command, but provides as additional information the ID of the Yum repository the RPM package is found in (look for the From repo line in the output).
The yumdb info package_name [more_names] command can be used to query the Yum database for alternative and useful information about a package, including the checksum of the package (and algorithm used to produce it, such as SHA-256), the command given on the command line that was invoked to install the package (if any), and the reason that the package is installed on the system (where user indicates it was installed by the user, and dep means it was brought in as a dependency). For example, to display additional information about the yum package, type:
~]# yumdb info yum
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
     checksum_data = 249f21fb43c41381c8c9b0cd98d2ea5fa0aa165e81ed2009cfda74c05af67246
     checksum_type = sha256
     from_repo = fedora
     from_repo_revision = 1304429533
     from_repo_timestamp = 1304442346
     installed_by = 0
     reason = user
     releasever = $releasever
For more information on the yumdb command, see man yumdb.
Finally, the yum history command can be used to show a timeline of Yum transactions, the dates and times on when they occurred, the number of packages affected, whether transactions succeeded or were aborted, and if the RPM database was changed between transactions. Refer to the history section of man yum for details.