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1.2.2. Format of the Archived Files

The archive with files, which are installed by the package, is stored in the cpio format inside the package and is compressed with the xz program.
To decompress the included archive and extract the archived files, run the command in the following format:
 rpm2cpio package | cpio -id 
For example, to decompress the archive included in the eject-2.1.5-0.1.fc18.x86_64.rpm package, run the following command:
 rpm2cpio eject-2.1.5-0.1.fc18.x86_64.rpm | cpio -id