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Old 08-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Installing RPM package

In the past, I have installed rpm packages (third party application) but rarely do I upgrade/install a newer version on top of the old.

What is norm way of installing an updated package from the vendor (ie, EMC Networker).

Do I remove the old version first and installing the new version? My concern is removing will take some important files needed by the other application, etc.

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You can use
rpm -U packagename
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You can also do a 'su -c yum update && su -c yum upgrade' if you want to have similar features to Debian/Ubuntu's apt-get.
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most modern rpm based distros use yum
install the rpms using yum and NOT rpm

But with out knowing WHAT your distro is and WHAT rpm this is
and/or NOT knowing the name of said rpm and where you got said rpm ...

we can not help more
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Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Post
You can also do a 'su -c yum update && su -c yum upgrade' if you want to have similar features to Debian/Ubuntu's apt-get.
Running yum update && yum upgrade is not needed, as yum upgrade does the same as yum update

man yum
If run without any packages, update will update  every  currently
installed  package.  If one or more packages or package globs are
specified, Yum will  only  update  the  listed  packages.   While
updating packages, yum will ensure that all dependencies are sat-
isfied. If the packages or  globs  specified  match  to  packages
which  are  not  currently installed then update will not install
them. update operates on groups, files,  provides  and  filelists
just like the "install" command.

If  the  main obsoletes configure option is true (default) or the
--obsoletes flag is present yum will include package obsoletes in
its  calculations  -  this  makes  it  better  for distro-version
changes, for example: upgrading from somelinux 8.0  to  somelinux

Is  the same as the update command with the --obsoletes flag set.
See update for more details
Other than that, I agree with John VV.
Which distro and which rpm are we talking about?
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Use yum localupdate package.rpm
This will check the dependencies of the new version and get any necessary upgrades for them from your distro's repository.


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