[svlug] redhat rpm upgrades
drew at drewb.com
Thu Feb 15 13:26:07 PST 2001
# man rpm (snipped)
rpm -i [install-options] <package_file>+
This installs a new package. The general form of an rpm
upgrade command is
rpm -U [install-options] <package_file>+
This upgrades or installs the package currently installed
to the version in the new RPM. This is the same as
install, except all other version of the package are
removed from the system.
rpm [-F|--freshen] [install-options] <package_file>+
This will upgrade packages, but only if an earlier version
In other words, -i works only when the package IS NOT installed. -F
works only when the package IS installed. -U works in either case.
Mike O'Neill writes:
> If a package already exists (i.e. installed), is there ever any reason to
> use -Uvh instead of -Fvh when upgrading? I usually use -Fvh but I notice
> that the redhat website occasionally recommends using -Uvh. -mike
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