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RPM File Format

Package Manager (RedHat Linux)

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RPM is a file extension for a package manager file format in Linux. The RPM package manager is used for installing programs as collections of software packages.

A software package is an assemblage of files and information about those files. Linux distributions are generally installed as separate software packages, each of which is a particular application, such as a browser or a development environment. A package manager, such as RPM or YUM, automates the process.

RPM files were originally native to RedHat alone but have been adopted by other Linux distributions as well.

RPM stands for “RedHat package manager.”


Learn more about RPM files:

Sander Van Vugt explains package management on Ubuntu Server.

Visit the RedHat webpage.

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This was last updated in August 2010
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