How to solve this error with the yum and dnf commands? [Failed to download metadata for repo 'dovecot-2.3-latest']

Posted May 22, 2020 7.4k views
CentOSLinux CommandsCentOS 8

Whenever I use the YUM or DNF command, I get the message below:

# yum update

DigitalOcean Agent 80 kB/s | 3.3 kB 00:00

Dovecot 2.3 CentOS 8 - x86_64 588 B/s | 162 B 00:00

Failed to download metadata for repo ‘dovecot-2.3-latest’
Error: Failed to download metadata for repo 'dovecot-2.3-latest’

I use CentOS 8 with Open LightSpeed ​​and CyberPanel.

I searched a lot on the internet, but I still couldn’t solve this problem. Can you help me?

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Hi @mcastro05,

It seems like it can’t find the latest dovecot repo. You can disable it on your server.

To disable the said repo, you can ssh to your droplet

ssh root@YourDropletIP

Enter your repo’s folder, it’s /etc/yum.repos.d/

cd /etc/yum.repos.d

Now, there should be a dovecot-2.3 repo. Do an ls and when you see it’s full name, open the file using a text editor. There you should see a couple of lines, one of which states enabled=1, you can set that one to 0 and try to run your yum update command once more.


  • Hi @KDSys

    Your suggestion solved my problem. Thank you very much.

    I changed the davecot.repo enabled property to 0 and I executed the yum command. The same error occurred and I did the same for the lux repo repository.

    Everything working now ;)

    • Hi @mcastro05,

      Great to hear you managed to solve the issue! It would be good to see why you can’t connect to the repo as well so maybe when you have time check it out.