The rpm command provides for the installation, removal, upgrade, verification, and other management of RPM packages. rpm has a bewildering array of options, including the traditional single-letter style (-i) and the double-dash full word style (--install). In most cases, both styles exist and are interchangeable.
Although configuring rpm may appear to be a
bit daunting, its operation is simplified by being segmented into
modes. rpm modes are enabled using one (and only
one) of the mode options. Within a mode,
additional mode-specific options become available to modify the behavior of
rpm. The major modes of
rpm and some of the most frequently used
mode-specific options follow. For complete information on how to use
and manage RPM packages, see the rpm manpage or
the synopsis offered by rpm --help.