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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Package Management with rpm

One of the most powerful and innovative utilities available in Red Hat Linux is rpm, the Red Hat package manager. It can be used to install, uninstall, upgrade, query, verify, and build software packages. The RPM system provides all the functions of the installer/uninstaller model of Windows, but actually works! The RPM system is so popular that it has been adopted by other Linux distributions as the primary means of packaging software. Unfortunately, there isn't a true standard for packaging, and there are other means of distributing software for your computer. Debian Linux has its own system packages that are similar in function to the Red Hat package system. At the end of this chapter, I'll look at a way to convert ...

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