rpm -e question

suvayu ali fatkasuvayu+linux at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 21:25:43 UTC 2010

On 26 August 2010 14:11, James Mckenzie <jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Aaron Konstam <akonstam at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>Sent: Aug 26, 2010 1:42 PM
>>To: Community support for Fedora users <users at lists.fedoraproject.org>
>>Subject: Re: rpm -e question
>>On Thu, 2010-08-26 at 10:48 -0700, JD wrote:
>>> Running rpm -e <pkgname>
>>> does not delete the binaries and other files that
>>> were installed by the package; and I see no option
>>> to rpm in the man page to remove the package's files.
>>> So far I have had to remove them manually after I
>>> remove the package. But that is a hit and miss operaton
>>> because I cannot always remember to do
>>> rpm -ql --provides <pkgname>
>>How about:
>>yum erase <pkgname>
> [ka-snip]
> That only works if if the package was installed using yum or yum history was manually updated to include the package.

I believe that comment is incorrect. Yum won't know which repo the rpm
came from but it does see that it is installed and can remove it.

> A good example of this NOT happening is if you use the RPMFusion packages per their instructions.
> Thus using rpm -e should not affect yum in this case.
> However, using rpm -q or rpm -ql followed by rpm -e to remove a package installed by yum will leave a dangling entry in yum history.

However this comment looks accurate to me. To avoid this inconsistency
between the rpm and yum databases, it is always recommended to use
yum. So to install individual rpms with yum, one can use,

$ yum localinstall /path/to/rpm

> James McKenzie



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