rpm / yum command cheat sheet – Redhat / Centos

rpm command cheat sheet for Linux

rpm is a powerful Package Manager for Red Hat, Suse and Fedora Linux. It can be used to build, install, query, verify, update, and remove/erase individual software packages. A Package consists of an archive of files, and package information, including name, version, and description:

SyntaxDescriptionExample(s)
rpm -ivh {rpm-file}Install the packagerpm -ivh mozilla-mail-1.7.5-17.i586.rpm
rpm -ivh –test mozilla-mail-1.7.5-17.i586.rpm
rpm -Uvh {rpm-file}Upgrade packagerpm -Uvh mozilla-mail-1.7.6-12.i586.rpm
rpm -Uvh –test mozilla-mail-1.7.6-12.i586.rpm
rpm -ev {package}Erase/remove/ an installed packagerpm -ev mozilla-mail
rpm -ev –nodeps {package}Erase/remove/ an installed package without checking for dependenciesrpm -ev –nodeps mozilla-mail
rpm -qaDisplay list all installed packagesrpm -qa
rpm -qa | less
rpm -qi {package}Display installed information along with package version and short descriptionrpm -qi mozilla-mail
rpm -qf {/path/to/file}Find out what package a file belongs to i.e. find what package owns the filerpm -qf /etc/passwd
rpm -qf /bin/bash
rpm -qc {pacakge-name}Display list of configuration file(s) for a packagerpm -qc httpd
rpm -qcf {/path/to/file}Display list of configuration files for a commandrpm -qcf /usr/X11R6/bin/xeyes
rpm -qa –lastDisplay list of all recently installed RPMsrpm -qa –last
rpm -qa –last | less
rpm -qpR {.rpm-file}
rpm -qR {package}
Find out what dependencies a rpm file hasrpm -qpR mediawiki-1.4rc1-4.i586.rpm
rpm -qR bash

{package} – Replace with actual package name

yum Commands

yum commands are typically run as yum <command> <package name/s>. By default, yum will automatically attempt to check all configured repositories to resolve all package dependencies during an installation/upgrade.

The following is a list of the most commonly-used yum commands. For a complete list of available yumcommands, refer to man yum.

yum install <package name/s>
Used to install the latest version of a package or group of packages. If no package matches the specified package name(s), they are assumed to be a shell glob, and any matches are then installed.
yum update <package name/s>
Used to update the specified packages to the latest available version. If no package name/s are specified, then yum will attempt to update all installed packages.

If the --obsoletes option is used (i.e. yum --obsoletes <package name/s>, yum will process obsolete packages. As such, packages that are obsoleted accross updates will be removed and replaced accordingly.

yum check-update
This command allows you to determine whether any updates are available for your installed packages. yumreturns a list of all package updates from all repositories if any are available.
yum remove <package name/s>
Used to remove specified packages, along with any other packages dependent on the packages being removed.
yum provides <file name>
Used to determine which packages provide a specific file or feature.
yum search <keyword>
This command is used to find any packages containing the specified keyword in the description, summary, packager and package name fields of RPMs in all repositories.
yum localinstall <absolute path to package name/s>
Used when using yum to install a package located locally in the machine.



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