Avoiding Tedium with RPMs

The most popular package tool in the Linux world is RPM. Distributions that use RPM include Mandrake, Red Hat, and SuSE. The main text-based RPM program is rpm, which is used for adding, updating, deleting, and finding information on packages. Some distributions, such as Red Hat, use ancillary tools for some functions, such as rebuilding packages from source code. There are also GUI front-ends to rpm, which enable point-and-click access to RPM management features.

Tip Even if you don't normally use GUI tools, GUI RPM utilities can be handy to "browse" a list of installed packages, enabling you to trim unnecessary packages from your system.

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