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Old 08-12-2003, 06:50 PM   #1
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rpm -e not working?

This should be a simple thing (atleast I'm hoping, very new here), although it's giving me quite a bit of trouble. I installed my modem drivers and then found out I did not have setserial. Before I knew it'd be as easy as it was to download and install it, I was getting an error message on boot about setserial not found etc etc, so I deleted the file it was talking about from rc.d, just so I wouldn't get that message any longer. Now I wish to reinstall the driver, so it will now try to do setserial on boot, and do whatever it is it's trying to do..

if I type rpm -i packagename.rpm it says package already installed.

If I type rpm -e packagename.rpm it says package not installed.

I'm very stumped here, and have been trying to get this modem up for a while now and believe I MAY be on the right track, but I haven't been able to find anything online about what to do for this. Thanks in advance!
Old 08-12-2003, 08:22 PM   #2
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u should do:

rpm -e package-name


rpm -i /var/cache/apt/archives/redhat-config-samba_1.0.4-1_noarch.rpm
package redhat-config-samba-1.0.4-1 is already installed

to remove:

rpm -e redhat-config-samba
Old 08-12-2003, 08:36 PM   #3
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the filename is LNUX_3ComMdm-1.0-1.i386.rpm

I put in rpm -e LNUX_3ComMdm-1.0-1.i386.rpm and I get the response saying "package is not installed" or something of the like, but if I try to install it it says it already is..

Are you saying I would just put rpm -i LNUX

I'm assuming this because you put rpm -e redhat-config-samba, and stopped at the first underscore.. Thanks for the reply muchly!
Old 08-12-2003, 09:26 PM   #4
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when removing you can't use the yada.yada.rpm at the end,(it's no longer an rpm, it's been unpacked and installed) just use the packagename.

rpm -e LNUX_3comMdm

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Old 08-13-2003, 03:53 PM   #5
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alright, I figured it out, and thanks everyone. One last question, though. Is there a command to see everything that is installed? Also installing the modem drivers didn't seem to help my modem any. I'm lost on how to fix the thing.
Old 08-13-2003, 04:28 PM   #6
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To display the list of installed RPMs, type:
rpm -qa | less
Use PageUp and PageDown to scroll and q to quit.

In alphabetic order:
rpm -qa | sort | less
This one may take a few seconds to display... ... be patient...

As for the modem, I don't know.
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