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Extract file contents of rpm archive

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This post demonstrates how to extract the file contents of an rpm package, for e.g. analyzing the rpm packaging.

We need two commands for that:

  • rpm2cpio - Extract cpio archive from RPM Package Manager (RPM) package.
  • cpio - copy files to and from archives

To extract in current directory

rpm2cpio appl-1.0.0.noarch.rpm | cpio -idmv

cpio options explained:

  • -i extract
  • -d make-directories
  • -m preserve-modification-time
  • -v verbose :-)
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