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06 February 2009, 14:20

RPM 4.6.0 released

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Nine months after the last release, the developers have announced RPM 4.6.0, a new version of the RPM Package Manager, one of the main packaging formats for many Linux distributions and part of the Linux Standard Base (LSB). One of the more important features of the RPM 4.6 release is that it is now based upon an cleaner and more maintainable codebase than RPM 4.4, and is being actively developed. For the average user, there should be very little change, apart from some queries being much faster and unsupported features being removed. The update contains many bug fixes and enhancements, including some long standing requests.

RPM 4.6.0 implements a number of feature requests, such as packages gaining the ability to express "arch dependencies" with other packages, large file support, LZMA payloads for space and bandwidth saving and stronger file checksums, including SHA256. The release notes cover the detail of the changes and distributors and packagers are directed to check the compatibility notes. The RPM project should not be confused with the RPM5 project which is a fork of original RPM project.


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