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1. Introduction

RPM is the "Red Hat Package Manager" and is the heart of the Red Hat Linux distribution. It's most basic functionality is to install and de-install packages.

This document is geared toward installing RPM on a slackware system using an Intel processor, but the information contained herein should be applicable to any distribution.

The latest version of this HOWTO is always available at

For further reading, consult the RPM-HOWTO (available at your neighborhood LDP mirror). Also, consider buying a copy of the excellent book, Maximum RPM, by Ed Bailey of Red Hat Software, Inc.

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