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robrecc 05-22-2006 05:50 PM

rpm package descriptions
I have been using slackware for some time now and when I want to remove package i just visit there package browser site type in the package and get a nice little description of the package so I know what the package is before I remove it. I have now installed REHL 4 and would like to remove some unwanted package is there a site that anyone knows about where i can jsut type out the rpm and it will give me a short description of the rpm in question.


xode 05-22-2006 07:28 PM

Package descriptions should come as part of the package itself. As a result, you shouldn't need to visit any site to find a package description. If you have KPackage, that program should be able to read all installed packages and allow you to look at each package, including its description. Alternatively, there should be some kind of system configuration tool that would allow you to do the same thing, but most likely would require that you run as root to use it.

robrecc 05-22-2006 08:02 PM

what is kpackage - if its apart of kde this is a server no x environment installed. You say there should be some sort of system configuration tool aval. I dont know of any and that is why I am asking for assitance. thank you

spooon 05-22-2006 10:46 PM

like this?

rpm -qi <package>

zulfilee 05-23-2006 12:28 AM

rpm -qa
Will give list of all packages

If you have the rpm file with you try this

less rpmfile

This will give information about the rpm and the files present in the package too.

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