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Let's assume I have two RPM packages named 1.rpm and 2.rpm. Both of them want to put a file test into /usr/bin, but both of them use a different version of test. Of course I would like to have both RPMs installed on the same machine.

What would be official behavior of RedHat (let it be RHEL5) in described situation?

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  • The first package will install fine, the second will complain that it's trying to modify a file owned by another package. If you try to install them together, the installation should complain that a file is owned by both packages, and neither should install. – MadHatter Sep 23 '13 at 9:22
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Assuming these are home-brewed RPMs, rewrite your spec files to install the executables under a versioned name, say test-1.2 and test-2.1, and use the update-alternatives(8) system to configure one of them for system-wide usage.

This is the policy followed by RHEL for the java executables, for example.

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