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differnce between .tar.gz and .rpm

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#1 cijokgeorge


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Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:19 AM

I am currently using Debian Linux.When I tried to download free acrobat readred from the site adobe.com it asks me for my Linux version to chose from a list.The list contains .tar.gz and .rpm .What is their difference?

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#2 flann


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Posted 28 July 2005 - 06:33 AM

.tar.gz is kind of like a linux version of winzip. .rpm is Redhat package manager, and mostly used with Redhat I believe. I'm not sure if you can use .rpm with other versions of Linux, but I think you might be able to.

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 11:50 PM

Well, the RPM package manager is open source, so, technically I suppose you could use it on any distrobution. However, the ones that typically have it installed are Red Hat-based systems (including the Fedora Core and Mandriva Linux). Yoper also has support for several package types.

By the way, there's a sweet little program called Alien that "converts between the rpm, dpkg, [S]tampede slp, and [S]lackware tgz file formats." You will most likely also need to download the RPM Package Manager anyway.

Edited by turrauko, 05 August 2005 - 12:34 AM.

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