Apr. 27 2012

Disabling the YUM update daemon

At my bread winning job, I’m working on a project at work that requires a virtual machine of limited resources but runs an application needing gobs of memory and CPU. The load averages hover between 11 and 14, which is not good since this only has a single core assigned to it.

One of the biggest hogs of the RAM was the yum-updatesd process. I had never head of this. It’s the update daemon for the YUM package update utility. Since I have a cronjob that updates software packages and restarts the server on a weekly basis, I don’t need this process to run.

Disabling the service

Type the following (as root):

  1. service yum-updatesd stop
  2. chkconfig --levels 2345 yum-updatesd off
  3. chkconfig --del yum-updatesd

Those will remove the service from starting during all runtime levels.



  1. Mixer
    May 29, 2012 at 3:02 am

    service yum-updatesd stop

  2. June 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Oops, you’re right! Dyslexia strikes again. Thanks!

    November 7, 2014 at 5:08 am

    When I am running the command in RHEL 6 I am getting the following output

    [root@parvez ~]# service yum-updatesd stop
    yum-updatesd: unrecognized service

    Kindly Suggest me accordingly

  4. T. Walden
    July 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

    RHEL 6:
    service rhnsd stop

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