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RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7692

So I downloaded some stuff and they are .rpm files. And I have no idea what to do with them...

Anyone help would be appreciatted, thanks.

Re: RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7696

RPM's are binary packages of programs for Linux based systems... the RPM format was created and made popular by Red Hat (its a shortform for Red Hat package management).. so that people didn't have to distribute and compile source code from scratch to install programs..

If you want to install an RPM package, drop to root and type

rpm -ivh <rpmname.rpm>

if you're upgrading some software with a new version,

rpm -uvh <rphname.rpm>

Read the man pages for rpm for more information..
However it is now considered one of the inferior package management systems as it cannot resolve dependencies... Debian's apt, and Gentoos ports system are considered far superior.

*If I got the rpm command syntax wrong, someone correct me, its been awhile since I used RPM or a 'hat box.

Sahir Hidayatullah. Staff - Associate Editor & Security Advisor

Re: RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7711

I did rpm -ivh filename and it gave me a bunch of dependency errors...

is there anyway around this?

Re: RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7713

Haha I would have said "Yeah use Debian".. but lets try and help you out here...

First, try and get the dependency packages and install them.. otherwise you can get apt4rpm

That should resolve dependencies for you.

Is this Fedora / RH ?
Sahir Hidayatullah. Staff - Associate Editor & Security Advisor

Re: RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7740

I just started using Slackware (and love it)
After this post I read how to use rpm2tgz and was able to:

installpkg packagename.tgz

and its worked great.

But I do love that APT, thanks for the link
(isnt it sort of ironic that apt4rpm comes as an rpm package?)

Re: RPM? 13 years 10 months ago #7741

Hi Codyjr86,

Why don't you use Yast? It is native Slackware packet manager, capable of resolving dependencies and stuff.
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