Chapter 5. RPM

Installing new packages to your Linux system

The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) provides an easy way to install, remove, and verify files on your system.

Each program set (such as Apache) comes as a single file with an .rpm extension. After installing the .rpm file, all the files needed for installation are placed in the appropriate place, ready for running, including man pages, configuration files, and other documentation.

The advantages to the .rpm format are many:

  • Dependencies—. Since you may have instances where one package depends on another, RPM has dependencies to alert you if a library or other package is missing. If you do have the other files already installed and RPM doesn't know about it, such as if you compiled from source, ...

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