[techtalk] Slackware and RPM

Nils Philippsen nils at wombat.dialup.fht-esslingen.de
Mon Dec 6 14:50:52 EST 1999

On Sun, 5 Dec 1999, Laurel Fan wrote:

> Excerpts from linuxchix: 5-Dec-99 [techtalk] Slackware and RPM by Subba
> Rao at attglobal.net 
> > I am a Slackware user and typically count on "tar" and "gzip" to 3~
> > extract packages.
> > Some of the tools that I want to install are in RPM archives. 
> > How do I extract this source?
> A search of the Linux Documentation Project at www.linuxdoc.org comes up
> with the "RPM+Slackware HOWTO", which may help you.
> Unlike the .deb format, for example, rpm archives cannot be easily
> unpacked with normal unix tools. 

Unless you count perl as a normal unix tool. On
http://www.iagora.com/~espel/rpm2cpio you can see how to grab the cpio.gz
out of the rpm in perl -- rpm is just a cpio.gz with a header.

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