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Old 07-29-2013, 06:32 AM   #1
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Post tracking system changes after package installation

My question is just for learning purpose only.

I want to know and understand that when a package is installed in the system (RHEL 6), what happens in the background ?

Means, installing the package results in creation of some file in the system at some certain locations (depending on the package) and the edition/changes in some system (configuration) files.

I want to know that how to find out the changes which have been done in the system after the package installation i.e. which file have been created and/or edited and if possible in what sequence ?
Old 07-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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example package name foobar

Viewing packages from installed rpm (2 ways to do the same thing)
# rpm ql foobar
# repoquery -ql foobar
If you can get the source rpm (for example foobar-1.2-el6.x86_64.src.rpm) then you should install that package and look at the .spec file
Installing the source rpm will create the rpmbuild directory with sub-folder with SPEC, RPM, SOURCE, etc.
That will give you more information about how things are installed with regards to order

Hope that helps

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