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The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a powerful command line driven package management system.




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The RPM Package Manager also know as RPM is a powerful command line driven package management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating computer software packages.

Each software package consists of an archive of files along with information about the package like its version, a description, and the like. There is also a related API ("Application Program Interface"), permitting advanced developers to bypass 'shelling out' to a command line, and to manage such transactions from within a native coding language.

RPM is commonly found in the Linux computer operating system environment, but has been extended far beyond those initial confines.

A subset of the full RPM package feature-set is the baseline standard packaging format specified by the Linux Standard Base (which has as some of its goals to: "increase compatibility among Linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system.").
Last updated on October 26th, 2010

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