Please help: how to relocate installed files paths into an RPM database

Matteo Pampolini matteo.pampolini at
Mon Aug 10 06:30:26 UTC 2009

Hi Greg,

many thanks for your answer, I will test your solution soon and let you

Regards, Matteo

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 5:30 PM, <Greg_Swift at> wrote:

> > sorry for the delay of this feedback.
> >
> > Please excuse me but even reading many pages from the link you
> > suggested, things are still not clear to me,
> > moreover referred files seem to be related to an older version of RPM.
> >
> > Anyway, if I need to update the RPM database telling it that all the
> > *already installed* packages should be
> > found now on path B instead of the original one A, I guess I have to
> > pass this information to the command
> > I have to use, of course. AFAIK, I can do such a thing only during
> > installation of a new package, with the
> > relocation option, which is not my case. Even if I rebuild the
> > database, maybe deleting some existing files,
> > how can I pass this kind of info?
> >
> If I remember correctly you installed the rpm in this manner:
> rpm -ivh <package>.rpm --relocate /original/path=/your/path
> The only way I can think to change the entries in your rpm database is to
> remove the package from the database, and re-install it, but just to the
> database.  like this:
> rpm --justdb -ev <package>
> rpm --justdb -ivh <package>.rpm --relocate /original/path=/your/new/path
> Whether or not that will actually work as you expect it to, I am unsure.
> Just make sure to backup your rpm database beforehand.
> Unless someone wise than I speaks up, I believe that is the only way to
> accomplish what you want without figuring out how to manually edit the rpm
> database without corrupting it.  And I don't know that anyone would
> recommend that.
> -greg
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