[Rpm-maint] Moving packages between environments using rpm

Tom Szczesny tavmem at gmail.com
Fri Aug 22 00:57:24 UTC 2008

Either I was not clear in the problem statement  ... or I don't understand
the solution that you recommend.

I have reviewed the documentation on the rpmbuild command.  It appears that
I need to apply the rpmbuild command to a SPECFILE or a TARBALL or a
SOURCEPKG.   I have none of these.

To restate the problem another way:  I have a binary package 'foo-version-x'
that has already been installed on a machine-1 some time ago (automatically
by the Fedora Package Manger).  To my knowlege, the actual rpm package for
'foo-version-x' was not saved anywhere (unless it is in the rpm database on
machine-1).  Binary 'foo-version-x' is no longer available for automatic
installation from the Fedora Package Manager.  I have binary 'foo-version-y'
that has been installed on machine-2 at some later date (also automatically
using the Fedora Package Manager).   'foo-version-y' may still be available
(or maybe only 'foo-version-z' is now available).

I wish to uninstall 'foo-version-y' from machine-2 and install the earlier
'foo-version-x' on machine-2.

If rpmbuild can be used to extract the binary 'foo-version-x' from machine-1
in such a form that it can be installed on machine-2, what is the command
syntax that I would use on machine-1 to perform this extract?  As far as I
know, I do not have a SPECFILE, TARBALL or SOURCEPKG for 'foo-version-x' on
machine 1 (unless it is stored somewhere in the rpm database).

On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM, devzero2000 <pinto.elia at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Tom Szczesny <tavmem at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am having a problem with the aplus-fsf package in Fedora.  The package
>> was working in 4 environments (F8/x86_64, F7/x86_64, F8/i686 and
>> F7/i686.  aplus-fsf began having problems in 3 environments (F7/x86_64,
>> F8/i686 and F7/i686) but continued to work in F8/x86_64.  No changes had
>> been made to the aplus-fsf package in any of the environments, but several
>> other packages had been updated.  (As an aside, updates to the
>> NetworkManager package had been received but had failed to install
>> in F8/x86_64 where aplus-fsf is still working.)
>> I created new partitions and did fresh installs of F9/x86_64 and F9/i686:
>> aplus-fsf did not work in either one.   I created a new partition and did a
>> fresh install of F8/x86_64:  aplus-fsf does not work there.  I now have two
>> F8/x86_64 environments on the same machine, one in which aplus-fsf works,
>> and one in which it does not.
>> I have identified 17 packages that have different versions in the two
>> environments.  I would like to take the package versions from the working
>> environment and install them in the problem environment.
>> Is there some RPM command that will extract a package from the rpm data
>> base in the working environment to a file that can be transferred to the
>> problem environment as a replacement?  I wish to do this package by package
>> to check if there is a package/version that is affecting aplus-fsf.
>> I am not sure to have undestood your problem, but rpmrebuild do exactly
> what you have asked, it rebuild the source/binary rpm from
> the rpmdb infos. From this you can extract the files with rpmcpio.
> hth
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