FreeOS.com: RPM usage for newbiesOct 21, 2000, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)
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"The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) has establised itself as one of the most popular distrubution formats for linux software today. A first time user may feel overwhelmed by the vast number of options available and this article will help a newbie to get familiar with usage of this tool."
"RPM stands for Red Hat Packet Manger. The traditional way to install a package was to take an archive and then just extract the files off it into the required directories. This worked fine but then the administrator faced a problem when it came to updating the packages. He must locate the files from the previous install and then make sure they are removed from the system. RPM helps here. It is a easier and more flexible way of installation and maintainence of packages. Upgrades are easy. RPM maintains a database of the packages installed on your system as well as the locations of the files and the version numbers. Anytime you install a package in rpm format, RPM will check to see whether there are any files are in conflict between the packages installed and the packages being installed. It will also tell you whether any other packages need to be installed for the software to work. All in all RPM makes life a lot easier."
"RPM has become really popular and several distributions are now based on it. Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Caldera -- all use the rpm format to maintain the system software."