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Gnome-RPM provides a GUI interface for the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM). To learn more about RPM technology, turn to Chapter 17.
If you do not want to use the command-line version of RPM, you can use Gnome-RPM, a graphical tool which runs under the X Window System. Gnome-RPM was written by James Henstridge (<firstname.lastname@example.org>). RPM 3.0 support was written by Red Hat, and additional rpmfind code was written by Daniel Veillard.
Gnome-RPM (which is also referred to as gnorpm) allows users to easily work with RPM technology and features a friendly interface.
Gnome-RPM is "GNOME-compliant," meaning that it seamlessly integrates into GNOME, a graphical X Window System desktop environment provided with Red Hat Linux.
Using Gnome-RPM, you can easily accomplish the following tasks:
The Gnome-RPM interface provides a menu, a toolbar, a tree, and a window which displays currently installed packages.
To perform a Gnome-RPM task, you usually find and select packages, then choose the type of operation to perform using either a button on the toolbar, from the menu or by right-clicking with the mouse.
You can also use the Web find option to search the Internet for newly released packages. You can direct Gnome-RPM to search for particular distributions when you want to look for new packages. (If you have a slow connection, this option can take some time to fully execute.) See the section called Configuration for more information about this feature.
Using Gnome-RPM to perform all of these and many other operations is the same as using RPM commands from the shell prompt. However, the graphical nature of Gnome-RPM may make these operations easier to perform. Gnome-RPM can display packages in a variety of different ways. Refer to the section called Installing New Packages for more information on using filters to identify packages.
You can install, upgrade, or uninstall several packages with a few button clicks. Similarly, you can query and verify more than one package at a time. Since Gnome-RPM is integrated with GNOME, you can also perform installation, query and verification on packages from within the GNOME File Manager.
To start Gnome-RPM, use one of the following methods:
You will see the main Gnome-RPM window (as shown in Figure 18-1).
The Gnome-RPM interface consists of the following:
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