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Chapter 3. Using RPM

3.1. The rpm Command
3.2. Upgrading and Installing Software
3.2.1. Upgrading with the rpm command
3.2.2. Upgrading packages
3.2.3. Freshening up
3.2.4. Installing Packages
3.2.5. Installing Over the Internet
3.2.6. Installing source RPMs
3.3. Removing Software
3.3.1. Checking that the package has been removed
3.3.2. Removing multiple packages at a time
3.3.3. Options when removing packages
3.4. Other rpm Command Options
3.5. Summary
This chapter covers:
This chapter covers the most common uses for RPM: installing, removing, and upgrading software. These are the most frequently used RPM commands.
The RPM system includes the options you might expect, such as installing a package, but there’s a lot more you can do. For example, you can install packages from remote sites using HTTP or FTP to download the package to install. There are quite a few other rpm options you can use to get information and feedback on installation, for example.

The rpm Command

Just about everything you do with RPM requires the rpm command. As a nice added benefit, just about everything you do with RPM requires a single invocation of the rpm command. That means common tasks such as installing and removing software can be done quickly and efficiently. The basics of the rpm command are not very hard, and you can perform the basic tasks within a few minutes of reading this chapter.