RHEL 7 Beta, Extra Packages

Hopefully, a lot of you are trying out RHEL 7. I know I have been for the last weeks and I documented my experience in an earlier post. Initially, I had some trepidation about moving to the new beta without EPEL being available. For the most part, I have been able to track down RPMs for everything I need that wasn’t included in the Beta, but, I am happy to discover that the “beta” of EPEL for RHEL7 is now available.
If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you go take a look at the launch site.
However, the short version is to install a new repo. Simplest way is to

sudo yum install http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/beta/7/x86_64/epel-release-7-0.1.noarch.rpm 

Just remember, like all the rest of it, it’s still a beta.

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  • Claudio

    Do you know if rpmfusion will make a beta repo too ?

    • I am actually very interested in that answer as well. Let me try and find out (or feel free to reach out as well).

      • Wantoo

        Me too!

  • Installing R, R-core and R-core-devel from this beta EPEL repository does not provide libRblas.so or libRlapack.so. R still functions from command line, but RStudio won’t install as it needs those libraries. I’m just using Fedora 19 R packages for now, having used the EPEL repo to install the dependencies. I suspect the version of R in the beta repo was compiled with some unusual configuration settings.

    • Thanks for the tip. Please definitely file a bug under epel7 here https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=Fedora%20EPEL

      • Well, here is the bug. When I tried to add it to the bug tracker you mentioned, it told me that there was no package called R-core. Do I assume it has been pulled?

        Description of problem:

        I’m using RHEL7 Beta as a desktop operating system on a Thinkpad X200s laptop

        enabling the beta EL7 EPEL repository following instructions provided at


        and then installing the packaged version of the R statistics environment using

        #yum install R R-core R-devel

        results in a functioning R install that will run from the command line and execute the ‘demos’

        However, running

        #ls /usr/lib64/R/lib

        results in


        and not

        libRblas.so libRlapack.so libR.so

        as expected.

        The missing libraries result in unsatisfied dependencies for RStudio Desktop and similar packages that expect to find libRblas.so libRlapack.so

        Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


        How reproducible:attempt to install R from EPEL EL7 beta

        Steps to Reproduce:
        1. Enable the EL7 beta EPEL repository
        2. as Root, execute yum install R R-core R-devel
        3. attempt to install and run RStudio or other packages that expect libRblas.so libRlapack.s

        Actual results: Can run R in command line and successfully complete the various demos

        Can install CRAN packages as local user

        Can’t use RStudio or other applications that depend on libRblas.so libRlapack.s

        Expected results: Can install RStudio and other rpms that depend on libRblas.so libRlapack.so

        Additional info: Workaround for beta programme:

        1) enable EL7 beta
        2) yum install R R-core R-devel (dependencies installed)
        3) yum remove R R-core R-devel
        4) download rpms from Fedora 19 repository and

        rpm -i –nodeps R-core-3.0.2-1.fc19.x86_64.rpm R-core-devel-3.0.2-1.fc19.x86_64.rpm

        reason for –nodeps is a trivial dpendency on a particular font (inconsolata) in a LaTeX sty file!

      • Packages still visible at


        even though your bug tracker says there is no such package.

        • I just filed a test one against R and it worked for me. Maybe go to bugzilla.redhat.com and go through each step? Fedora then EPEL.

  • So perhaps R is the ‘metapackage’ with R-core as a dependency? That itself represents a change from EL6. It was bugzilla I used.

  • Guntram Blohm

    The 7-0.1 should be changed to 7-0.2 now (Jul 8, 2014).