RPM is a package management system intended primarily for Linux distributions.

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SPEC %files attribute and Shell variables

I have a spec file which unpacks a library which is deployed at location which is exported in the shell. ie %file ${AXIS2_C}/bin/services/services.xml This fails with : error: File not found: ...
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How to check available package versions in rpm systems?

If I want to check available versions of a package in Debian, I run apt-cache policy pkgname which in the case of wajig gives: wajig: Installed: 2.01 Candidate: 2.01 Version table: *** 2.01 0 ...
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How to get started with CentOS?

I've been working with Debian GNU/Linux for a long time and am very proficient with it. However for a new project I've got to got familiar with CentOS ASAP. So my Question is: How do I get started ...
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Why does `man -k cron` say `vixie-cron (rpm)` for some results, and how do I read those pages?

I'm trying to find out some details regarding cron and /etc/cron.d/ on a RedHat system. Ironically, my answer is viewable within the vixie-cron-*.src.rpm for this package, but the the man pages for ...
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Open a RPM on a Mac?

I am on a MacBook Pro running Apple Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5.8). I would like to unpackage a RPM and view the files contained within the wget-1.11.4-2.el5_4.1.src.rpm . I don't need to install the ...
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Are RPMs valid across platforms?

I'm a little confused about RPM's in Red Hat and/or Fedora (and/or other distros?). I can certainly accept that 64-bit RPM's are needed for 64-bit OS'es and 32-bit for 32-bit OS'es but... If I have ...
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Install from RPM, then files change. How can I see the differences?

This is a RedHat Enterprise 5.5 system. I ran a verification check against an RPM, and it looks like two files have changed: # rpm --verify shadow-utils S.5....T c /etc/default/useradd S.5....T c ...
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Problems with RPM (JRE)

I'm trying to install a JRE on Ubuntu 10.04, but I failed: oneat@oneat-desktop:~/Downloads$ sudo rpm -i --force-debian jre-6u21-linux-i586.rpm error: Failed dependencies: /bin/basename is needed ...
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What RPMs do I need for timeconfig?

I've got setuptools set up and have read through the list of what's in /etc/setuptools.d I'm interested in installing timeconfig as well, but I only need the TUI version (no GUI). Which RPMs do I ...
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CentOS: List the installed RPMs by date of installation/update?

I'm on a CentOS 4 machine. I updated and installed some packages a few weeks back, but I don't remember the name of every package or the names of every dependency. I used yum. Can I list the packages ...
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GUI for adding Fedora software source

Is there a GUI for adding additional software sources in Fedora (FC 13). I have a software repository that works fine when added manually (as a .repo file in /etc/yum.repos.d/), but I'd like to have ...
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What are the pros/cons of deb vs. rpm?

For whatever reasons, I've always used RPM based distros (Fedora, Centos and currently openSUSE). I have often heard it stated that deb is better than rpm, but when asked why, have never been able to ...
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Is there a pbuilder-like environment for RedHat?

I would like to know if is there any utility like Debian's pbuilder, to build RPM packages on RedHat using a clean environment (chroot). I've found mach which has support for something like this but ...
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How do I emulate the “Replaces:” function of a Debian package in an RPM?

I need to use NSCD, the Name Service Caching Daemon, to decrease load on our LDAP server, on my SLES10 systems. In my experience, the default nscd, supplied as part of GNU LibC, is garbage, and will ...