Re-installing RPM (Red Hat)

Re-installing RPM (Red Hat)

Post by Robert C. Paulsen, Jr » Fri, 25 Jul 1997 04:00:00


The other day I started to have trouble with Red Hat's RPM -- every time
I tried to "verify" a package, I got a core dump. So, I decided to
reinstall RPM, using RPM itself to do so (via the GUI front end, Glint).

Only trouble was, RPM/Glint won't let you install a package that's
already installed (or at least I couldn't figure out how).

Having nothing to loose, I figured I'd just uninstall RPM and figure out
how to reinstall it "by hand". So far, I can't figure out how to do

So, can anyone tell me how to install RPM (or is it RPMS?) on Red Hat



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Re-installing RPM (Red Hat)

Post by John Velm » Tue, 29 Jul 1997 04:00:00



>So, can anyone tell me how to install RPM (or is it RPMS?) on Red Hat

I struggled with this for a while when I had RH 3.03 and wanted a later
version of RPM to install a certain application.  I downloaded the later
version of rpm*.i386.rpm, but the old RPM wouldn't touch it. The various
Redhat and RPM web pages seem to imply there was a way to install RPM even if
you don't have Redhat, but I couldn't find it.  (I finally got a disk with RH
4.0 on it, and did an upgrade.  To find the documentation for this upgrade,
you have to read the 4.0 errata sheet!)

Check out the RPM home page at Maybe you'll have better
luck than I did finding out how to install RPM without using the whole RH
install proceedure

Maybe if you pretend you are doing an upgrade using your 4.2 cdrom (assuming
you installed from cdrom) you can stop it from 'upgrading' anything but rpm?

Good luck,

John Velman


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