Bug 18088 - rpm package of RPM 4.x in 3.x format needed badly.
Summary: rpm package of RPM 4.x in 3.x format needed badly.
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2000-10-02 13:59 UTC by SharpFang
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-02 13:59:43 UTC
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Description SharpFang 2000-10-02 13:59:41 UTC
Currently the easiest way to upgrade from rpm 3.x to 4.x is upgrading whole
RedHat distribution to 7.0. This results in many, oftem sophisticated
custom system elements getting overwritten and numerous other problems,
especially if you want just a few elements of system upgraded and the rest
left intact. You can not upgrade separate packages "by hand" if you have
rpm 3.x installed, because it won't support the new rpm 4.x format all the
packages in RH7 are in. Unfortunately the first step you think of, that is
#rpm -U rpm-4.0-x.i386.rpm
displays exactly the same you've seen a moment before attempting to upgrade
any of other packages. Same with -src.rpm. The common RPM databases search
returns only 4.x in 4.x format and useless old 3.x packages. rpm.org claims
3.0.4 is the current release. Luckily there are sources of RPM 4.0 on its
ftp site.
The workaround is grabbing rpm-4.0.tar.gz from rpm.org and compiling it,
but I guess RPM system was designed to avoid such techniques?
(I think a good place for the rpm 4.0 in v3 .rpm file would be the
Powertools disk.

Comment 1 Alan Cox 2000-10-02 15:53:23 UTC
rpm 3.0.5 and 3.0.6 can handle rpm4 format packages. You should take due care
however since
you are going to be changing your rpm database format.

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