How do I find what dependencies a rpm file has?

by on January 14, 2006 · 4 comments· LAST UPDATED August 28, 2006


RPM is a Package Manager for popular distribution such as Red Hat, Suse and many others. It is a powerful command line package management system for installing uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating Linux computer software packages.

You can finding out what dependencies a rpm file has i.e. it will tell you what you need to install package with following command:
rpm -qpR {.rpm-file}
rpm -qR {package-name}

Find out what dependencies a uninstalled rpm file called mediawiki-1.4rc1-4.i586.rpm:
# rpm -qpR mediawiki-1.4rc1-4.i586.rpm

It will print list of dependencies on screen (output):


However RPM has in build mechanism to tell you about dependencies. Just try to install package and it will give you list of dependencies.
# rpm -ivh mediawiki-1.4rc1-4.i586.rpm


error: Failed dependencies:
   mod_php is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   php-session is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   php-gettext is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   php-zlib is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   php-mysql is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   ImageMagick-Magick++ is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   tetex is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4
   cjk-latex is needed by mediawiki-1.4rc1-4


  • .rpm file: File with .RPM extension. Typically this file is not installed. It may be on CD or you just downloaded from Internet.
  • package-name: It is installed RPM file.

You can solve dependencies problem by installing each individual package(s). If you are using Red hat Linux then you can try this tip. If you are using Fedora core Linux then try yum. If you are using Suse linux then use Yast to install rpms.

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1 Hanh Nguyen July 31, 2007 at 10:34 am

First thanks for help ,i can’t install Python 2.3.4-2.aix5.1.ppc.rpm without error dependencies libcrypto.a,libgdbm.a,libssl.a ;
any experiences in installing “AIX rpms” for this inconvenient? with –nodeps ???


2 Arshad March 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm


I am not able to figure out what is going wrong here…can you guys..have a look..and give me feedback why these packages are not getting installed…

I want…to install

Rhel 5.4

please help!!

[root@applications Server]# rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
elfutils-libelf-devel-i386 = 0.137-3.el5 is needed by elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.137-3.el5.i386
[root@applications Server]# rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
elfutils-libelf-devel-static-i386 = 0.137-3.el5 is needed by elfutils-libelf-devel-0.137-3.el5.i386
[root@applications Server]# rpm -qpR elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
elfutils-libelf-devel-i386 = 0.137-3.el5
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
rpmlib(VersionedDependencies) <= 3.0.3-1
[root@applications Server]# rpm -qpR elfutils-libelf-devel-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm
elfutils-libelf-devel-static-i386 = 0.137-3.el5
elfutils-libelf-i386 = 0.137-3.el5
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
rpmlib(VersionedDependencies) <= 3.0.3-1
[root@applications Server]# apt-get install elfutils
-bash: apt-get: command not found
[root@applications Server]# rpm -aq|grep elfutils-libelf
[root@applications Server]#



3 Raj February 23, 2015 at 8:16 am
# rpm -Uvh --repackage --nodeps elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm --test
# rpm -Uvh --repackage --nodeps elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.137-3.el5.i386.rpm


4 Aymen April 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

hi ..
I am trying to install oracle developer 6i on Linux 5 it’s my first time, found problem to install rpm ,
had enough try with nothing , pls, could help me by steps i really need it.
God bless all


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