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3.5.4. Installation and Removal of Individual Packages

The ELDK has an RPM-based structure. This means that on the ISO image, individual components of the ELDK are in the form of RPM packages, and after installation, the ELDK maintains its own database which contains information about installed packages. The RPM database is kept local to the specific ELDK installation, which allows you to have multiple independent ELDK installations on your host system. (That is, you can install several instances of ELDK under different directories and work with them independently). Also, this provides for easy installation and management of individual ELDK packages.

To list the installed ELDK RPM packages, use the following command:

bash$ ${CROSS_COMPILE}rpm -qa

To remove an ELDK package, use the following command:

bash$ ${CROSS_COMPILE}rpm -e <package_name>

To install a package, use the following command:

bash$ ${CROSS_COMPILE}rpm -i <package_file_name>

To update a package, use the following command:

bash$ ${CROSS_COMPILE}rpm -U <package_file_name>

For the above commands to work correctly, it is crucial that the correct rpm binary gets invoked. In case of multiple ELDK installations and RedHat-based host system, there may well be several rpm tools installed on the host system.

You must make sure, either by using an explicit path or by having set an appropriate PATH environment variable, that when you invoke rpm to install/remove components of a ELDK installation, it is the ELDK's rpm utility that gets actually invoked. The rpm utility is located in the bin subdirectory relative to the ELDK root installation directory.

To avoid confusion with the host OS (RedHat) rpm utility, the ELDK creates symlinks to its rpm binary with the names such that it could be invoked using the ${CROSS_COMPILE}rpm notation, for all supported $CROSS_COMPILE values.

TIP The standard (host OS) rpm utility allows various macros and configuration parameters to specified in user-specific ~/.rpmrc and ~/.rpmmacros files. The ELDK rpm tool also has this capability, but the names of the user-specific configuration files are ~/.eldk_rpmrc and ~/.eldk_rpmmacros, respectively.

3.5.3. Initial Installation 1. Abstract 3.5.5. Removal of the Entire Installation
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