Using GNU tar and RPM for Software Installations

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Table of contents

Using GNU tar and RPM for Software Installations

Software distribution

Introduction to GNU tar

GNU tar file naming

Looking at tar file contents

Example tar -t outputs

Unpacking a tar archive

Standard files in a tar archive

How to Install from an archive

Running your new software

Tar summary

Introduction to RPM

What does RPM do?

Invoking RPM

RPM file naming convention

Notice a hierarchy

RPM query switches

RPM Example Queries

More RPM queries

More RPM Query Examples

Even more RPM queries

RPM Install Switches

RPM installation example

RPM installation problems

RPM Upgrade

Removing installed packages

Problem removing packages

More RPM info

GNU tar vs. RPM


Authors: Andy Stewart and Doug Waud



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