Chapter 4

Managing Software

Topics covered in this chapter:

  • Understanding RPM
  • Understanding Meta Package Handlers
  • Installing Software with yum
  • Querying Software
  • Extracting Files from RPM Packages

Managing Red Hat software is no longer the challenge it was in the past. Now everything is efficiently organized. In this chapter, first you'll learn about RPMs, the basic package format that is used for software installation. After that, you'll learn how software is organized in repositories and how yum is used to manage software from these repositories.

Understanding RPM

In the early days of Linux, the “tar ball” was the default method for installing software. A tar ball is an archive that contains files that need to be installed. Unfortunately, ...

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