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Linux: RPM vs YUM

posted Nov 9, 2013, 4:52 AM by Julian Zhu   [ updated Jan 29, 2014, 6:08 PM ]

I recently built a linux server on the cloud. My hands-on experience of building an Fedora Linux system was 8 years ago (2006). My first Red Hat was purchsed in 2000 - yes, I paid $50. I guess it is now the time to brush up my hands-on Linux skills. 

Don't laugh at me if you are an experienced Unix/Linux system admin. After all this is not what I do as part of my daily job - you will realize I have got a lot of diverse skills. 

Red Hat Package Manager or RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a package management system.

What is yum?

Yum or Yellow dog Update, Modified is a package manager that was developed by Duke University to improve the installation of RPMs.Yum searches numerous repositories for packages and their dependencies so they may be installed together in an effort to alleviate dependency issues. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 usesYum to fetch packages and install RPMs.

RPM is a package manager while YUM is a frontend that can be used witRPM.

The RPM package manager is unable to track dependencies while YUM can.