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Old 02-28-2008, 08:00 AM   #1
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Problems with RPM command

to lay a little back ground. I am running SuSe 10.3 and am attempting to get real comfortable with Linux for my job. I was attempting to install VMware server for testing purposes (was going to install XP on it) However I never got that far into it.

First I type rpm -i <name of rpm> and parts were installed but not done correctly. I then tried rpm -ivh <name> and got error on the rpm command. I then realized that i needed the kernel-source and kernel syc something or another so i installed them with no problem. Then tried to run rpm -ivh <name> again and this time some stuff was installed and yet a ton of other seemed to be in conflict with others. I tried to run VMware and no dice. So, like an idiot i tried to delete the file in question and rerun the rpm and still get errors I can't explain. It still says that some of the files are there and i know they are not.

I then learned of rpm -e and it doesn't work since i kinda screwed it up with the files not there. when i type rpm -q | more I see that the rpm package is there, but when i run rpm -e it tells me it isnt.

What Do I do and can someone better explain the installation process of VMware? How do I fix the rpm or remove it so I can start over again if it says it is there and then says it isn't and rpm -ivh says it is again? I can't seem to find proper documentation.
Old 02-28-2008, 08:23 AM   #2
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Talking about packages, commands and errors won't help. Posting package versions, commands run and errors in full (in BB code tags) *might*.
Old 02-28-2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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Proper documentation is found by simply typing man rpm

Is the VMWare-server rpm package installed; rpm -qa VMware-server
Re-installing the package rpm -Uvh VMware-server*.rpm --force
Remove an rpm package from the database only rpm -e --justdb <package name>
Seeing if everything is correct to install a package; rp -Uvh --test <rpm filename here>

It helps of you provide the exact commands used and the output from them.
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Thank you Lenard, that is what i needed. And I found the documentation on, however to install it on linux i had to go all the way passed page 50, i made the mistake earlier that is was just for windows.

Ty again.


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