Package Management in Red Hat

Red Hat’s Package Manager (RPM)

RPM is a powerful software manager. It can install, remove, query, and verify the software on your system. Rpm is more than a Red Hat specific tool. Many other modern distributions, such as Caldera and SuSe, use rpm too.

Querying Your System

The first thing you should do is look and see what software you have installed on your system. Here is the command to use:

        rpm -qa | more

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Howto: Add a new yum repository to install software under CentOS / Redhat Linux

CentOS / Fedora Core / RHEL 5 uses yum for software management. Yum allows you to add a new repository as a source to install binary software.

Understanding yum repository

yum repository configured using /etc/yum.conf file. Additional configuration files are also read from the directories set by the reposdir option (default is /etc/yum.repos.d and /etc/yum/repos.d.

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