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IBM developerWorks: Using RPM on Red Hat Linux 7.1

Nov 15, 2001, 16:57 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Poirier)

[ Thanks to Kevin for this link. ]

"RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) is the most common software package manager used for Linux distributions. Because it allows you to distribute software already compiled, a user can install the software with a single command.

RPM is the designated install tool of the Linux Standard Base version 1.0.0. And eight of the top 10 Linux distributions are RPM based (see the "Comparison of Linux Distributions" at distrowatch.com listed in Resources later in this article). Even some distributions that don't use RPM normally, like Debian, have tools available to convert RPMs to their own format. RPM is also the best choice for packaging software to be used on Linux by anyone other than developers.

Whether you've developed the software yourself, or you want to help an open source project by contributing the code to build an RPM package from it, this article will help you get started. Future articles in this series, by the way, will cover topics like building RPMs without having to be the root user, patching the software before building it, running scripts during install and uninstall, and running scripts when other packages are installed or uninstalled."

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