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I dunno what people say when they talk about RPM hell

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When people talk about RPM dependency hell, I really have no idea what they’re talking about. Here’s a factual look into RPM that should set the record straight:

The strengths of RPM

* No indirections — 100% of the times, the manifest corresponds to the installed files. Have you seen dpkg detours/indirections (dunno their name in English)?
* Built-in integrity checking. rpm -V. Can’t get any easier than that.
* The dependency system is cleaner.

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A primer into software package management using RPM

Since apparently my last article ignited a small flamewar, let’s talk a bit about package management in RPM-based distros. Yeah, Fedora, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, those. And when I say package management, all I mean is software installation, really.

This will be a command-line tutorial-style article, and we’re gonna get down to basics, so no GUIs or automated installatinos from the Internet (automated dependency management) here. I will, however, make a recommendation as to which dependency management system you should use, because nowadays it would be rather insane to do the following work manually — except for very particular cases in which this tutorial will come in very handy.

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