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Old 10-04-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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.RPM files

I am trying to clean up my RedHat server because I keep getting messages that I am using over 90% of the hard drive. My question is, can I delete .RPM files once I have installed the rpm package? I wasn't sure if these files were needed when figuring out which packages were installed on a system.

On a related note, .tar and .tar.gz files can be deleted as well once the contents have been extracted, right?

Thanks in advance for your help. Sorry if this is a silly question.
Old 10-04-2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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It's perfectly safe to delete the .rpm, tar.bz2 and tar.gz packages as well as other source and binary packages. You should not delete the extracted directories though. If you do that, some programs will return errors saying that package paths are missing.
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Yes, .rpm, .tar, and .tar.gz files can be deleted after they have been installed/extracted. You can think of them as .zip files (if your background is Windows) or stuffit archives (if your background is Mac). Once you use the contents, you no longer need them.
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You can delete all of the .tar, etc, files once you have unpacked their contents. I'm also pretty sure you can delete the .rpms because there just a package containing files and configuration stuff which all gets unpacked when you install them.


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