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Linux.com: Red Hat Package Manager: A Better Way To Install Software

Dec 23, 2000, 12:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cody Powell)

"RPM Stands for Red Hat Package Manager (not Really Pretty Monkeys as many think) and it is the better way to install. With RPM, installation seems effortless; all you have to do is type one line most of the time and the rest is done for you. What's more, you can also uninstall packages and verify your system to see what you could be missing. To see everything you can do with RPM, type rpm --help in your shell and prepare to be astonished. Or at least surprised."

"RPM comes with most Linux distributions today, but if you're one of those unlucky souls who lacks it, you'll need to go to ftp.redhat.com and then follow the steps in the README to install. To understand how to install with RPM, you'll need to go grab some packages. So, head on over to http://rpmfind.net and find something interesting."

"When you are looking at packages, you'll generally see something like yaddayadda-1.3.1-i386.rpm. That first part (yadda yadda) is the package name, and the 1.3.1 is the version number. The i386 (or possibly i586 or maybe even PPC) part tells you that this is a binary package; if it has src instead of i386, it is a source package. Binary packages come pre-compiled, so are a little easier to install."

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