[CentOS] Re: rpm -q versus what's installed

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Thu Jun 5 18:59:18 UTC 2008

on 6-5-2008 11:17 AM MHR spake the following:
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 2:56 AM, William L. Maltby
> <CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, 2008-06-04 at 23:27 -0400, Scott R. Ehrlich wrote:
>>> I am trying to install Oracle client 10g (10.2.0) on a 64-bit CentOS 5.0
>>> system.
>>> 'rpm -q make gcc glibc etc' reveals some packages as "not installed", yet
>>> a yum install <package name> consistently returns Nothing to do. Yum list
>>> available <package name> yields nothing needed.
>>> If rpm -q <list of packages> lists some that are "not installed" but every
>>> variant of yum install and yum list I've tried and googled claiims nothing
>>> more needs to be installed, either the OS is misreporting (I doubt that)
>>> or I'm missing something that is not easily being revealed, or that I
>>> haven't used in a long time and outright forgetting.
>> A common error is to not give the correct name to rpm. Try
>>   rpm -qa | grep <part of the pkg name>
>> I often forget to add such trivial stuff as ".i386" to the package name.
>> Ditto for yum. Just do a yum list all into some file and then view the
>> file.
>> Also, yum list all into a file might be useful. It shows installed and
>> available.
> I have a couple of aliases you might find useful for this:
> alias rg='rpm -qa | grep -i'
> alias yg='yum list | grep -i'
> They're not terribly efficient, but I don't use them that often,
> either.  Also, I have a setting in my .rpmmacros (or .rpmrc) file at
> home that specifies to list the machine type along with the file name
> - I can't remember it (or find it) right now, but I got it here, so
> someone knows....
> (Figures that I wouldn't have it here....)
> mhr
%_query_all_fmt %%{name}-%%{version}-%%{release}.%%{arch}
in your .rpmmacros file

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