Red Hat RPM Dependency problem

in Categories News last updated October 21, 2005

Well when RPM works, you think life is better and when it does not works then you thinks life sucks πŸ˜‰ However, RPM has –aid option that solves the Dependency problem. It is created to automatic installation of dependent packages. To use this –aid switch with rpm you need to install special RPM package first called rpmdb-redhat. Locate this package from CD and install it via rpm command:

# rpm -ivh rpmdb-redhat*

Once installed then use rpm command as follows:

# rpm -ivh --aid mysql*

OR

# rpm -ivh --aid rpm-file-name-version.rpm

It will install mysql client with all dependencies. If you are RHN subscriber then you donÒ€ℒt have to use rpmdb-redhat package use up2date command (see how to configure RHN):

# up2date -i -v mysql*

Please note that –aid switch does not works with third party RPM. Fedora user must use YUM. –aid works best if you have all rpm packages copied to single directory on hard disk or on ftp/http server. For example:

# rpm --aid -ivh http://installserver.mycorp.com/rpms/mysql*

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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  1. Installing via RPM was getting to be a pain. I’m checking out the –aid method right now. Will it download missing RPMs as well?

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