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Penguin Magazine: Help with RPM

Feb 27, 2000, 22:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott R. Haven)

"Redhat's package manager 'rpm' is a powerful tool for installing, removing, and maintaining the software on you Linux system, unfortunately for users new to the Linux / Unix world it can also be quite confusing as their is no Windows equivalent."

"While you may use GUI tools ( such as 'gnorpm' or 'kpackage' ) to install and remove packages more often than the command line, it is still important to become familiar with the command line utility as it has several advantages over its GUI counterpart."

"The Redhat package system does more than simply install, and remove software. RPM maintains a database of the packages installed. Before installing or removing packages it checks the database for 'failed dependencies.' What this means is the rpm utility is checking to see if installing or removing the package will break any other installed packages on your system."

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