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RPM rollbacks

© April 2004 Tony Lawrence

Tue Apr 27 17:18:12 GMT 2004 RPM rollbacks

I was just reading in the May Linux Journal that RPM now supports transactional rollbacks of RPM's. I cannot tell you how many times I have been bitten by RPM's that cannot cleanly be uninstalled because they've replaced something and destroyed the original, so I think this is great.

It isn't, unfortunately, automatic or perfect - you have to specifically request this when you use rpm to install, and you have to be consistent. It's also rather obviously going to suck down some extra disk space, though that shouldn't be a concern nowadays.

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