running, for example:
rpm -Fvh ftp://linux.rice.edu/pub/redhat/updates/i386/emacs*,
rpm-4.0-0.66 will attempt to download all 50+ megabytes of RPM files,
*before* it checks the version number on each to discover that I already
have the latest versions of all my installed emacs RPMs.
rpm -Fvh ftp://linux.rice.edu/pub/redhat/updates/i386/emacs-leim* will try
downloading that RPM, even though I do not have emacs-leim installed on my
system and so could not possibly want to freshen that package.
Running "rpm -qip", on the other hand, downloads only the package headers
necessary to determine the --info query. Could this behavior be used for
upgrade and freshen commands as well? When rpm reaches the end of the
headers on the file it is downloading, could it check package and version
information *then*, and so decide whether to continue or cancel the
download before it wastes bandwidth and disk space on the entire file?
On install/upgarde/freshen pathways, rpm always downloads the entire package
attempting an install, while query aborts. The rationale for this behavior is
failure, due to network transport problems, is not as critical as package
If you don't like the behavior, then supply rpm a list of packages as in
rpm -Fvh `cat <your_list_here>`