rpm deduplication question

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at gmail.com
Sat Dec 4 20:50:16 UTC 2010

On Sat, 04 Dec 2010 14:40:37 -0600, Robert wrote:

> I don't know when/how this happened, but I'm sure there's a faster way
> to fix this problem.  My trusty old 32-bit F13 laptop seems to have
> several duplicate packages on it. For example:
> # rpm -qa | grep foofile
> foofile-1.0-fc14.noarch
> foofile-1.0-fc13.noarch
> The fc14 file is a "sooner" that shouldn't be there. If I use rpm -e to
> remove it, I suspect I'm removing all the files that also belong to the
> fc13 package. If I try to remove the fc13 package with the intent of
> immediately re-installing it, dependency hell often breaks out.
> Isn't there an rpm argument set that will allow me to simply
> "overinstall" a currently-installed package, replacing any missing
> files? I've tried 'rpm -ivh --replacepkgs' without success. The man page
> for rpm could be a bit clearer.
> If I can clean this all up, I want to run preupgrade and bring it up to
> F14 with a minimum of muss & fuss.

Use the  package-cleanup  command from the yum-utils package.

Alternatively, and more work would be to use RPM's options to erase
packages only in the RPM package database.

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