Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to install screen and i think i could do

yum install screen

but i thought i could be smart and run a search first

yum search all screen

and here is the problem, this results in a huge list, so what will yum install screen do? Will install the one i want or wil it prompt me to install all?

dont want to mess up my setup :D

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

It will install the latest package with the name of "screen". Try yum list screen.

share|improve this answer
nice, one result :D – Jason94 Jun 8 '11 at 11:08

Just check with

yum info screen

what you are really installing. It will give you a summary and a description of that package.

share|improve this answer

Also, unless you invoke it as yum -y install, yum will always prompt you for confirmation before executing an operation. So, when you run yum install screen, it'll resolve your request, determine the list of packages to be installed/upgraded/whatever, then show you that list (along with the size of the download required) and ask Is this ok [y/N]: before proceeding.

It's very safe to just "try stuff" with yum.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.