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Thread: RPM woes

  1. #1
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    RPM woes

    This is probably a dumb question...

    Is there any way to find out where your software is being installed when you use rpm?

    I've just spent a few frustrating minutes trying to track down where Firebird (that's the database not the mozilla off-shoot) got to. It wasn't helped by forgetting to put a * on the end of "firebird" when doing the search... d'oh!


  2. #2
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    Re:RPM woes

    I'm sure the RPM database tells you where everything was installed. I'm not saying RTFM, but I will suggest you read the man page for RPM and skim it for any options that will list the contents of the RPM you installed.. use that command.

    After you use that command you can do a "find" for each item, but do it as root. The find statement should look like this:

    find / -name <name>

    <name> would be replaced with the item you are looking for.

    Hope this helps.

  3. #3

    Re:RPM woes

    I'm not sure if this can be done, because I don't have an rpm to test it on. With .tgz files, or .tar.gz files you can less filename, and it will show you the directories it will install to.
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    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
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  4. #4
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    Re:RPM woes

    My problem with man pages is that generally unless you know what they meam in the first place you've got no chance of following them. They are generally written with the technically literate in mind, not the average user who needs stuff written in English and some examples to see what it means.

    I found the following page which is the Red Hat manual page:


    To answer my own question:

    rpm -qlp foo.rpm would do what i wanted.


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