Yum vs. RPM

The term of Yum is widely is used that is a very useful package manager and on the other side of the coin, RPM is the original package for which the Yum is working. The main purpose of designing and producing the remarkable creation of Yum is to provide the facility of adding or removing software to the users. Whereas this software set come within the RPM. On the whole, the RPM is a useful program the purpose of which is to manipulate specifically the packages that are required to be influenced. While the Yum is a more intelligent management system which has the ability to locate the dependencies and download .rpm files no matter if they are present in the system or not.

What is RPM?

By using the RPM (known as redhat package manager) command, the users are required to know the exact location of the .rpm package. The RPM is a powerful Package Manager that is able to utilize for the sake of building, installing, querying, verifying, updating, and erasing the individual software packages. It is the default package manager that is very useful but it doesn’t cater you the facility of tracking dependencies itself.

What is Yum?

The term of Yum means the Yellow Dog Update Modifier. Function of Yum is rather advance as compare to RPM since it is capable of locating the desired file itself for which you need to know the name of it and it must be available through your repositories list at the same time. Yum is installed with its dependencies.

Key Differences between Yum and RPM

  1. It is the characteristic of yum that it knows how to resolve dependent. On the other hand, even though the rpm has the competency of alerting you to these dependencies but it is unable to source additional packages for you.
  2. The services of RPM will allow yum to install more than one version of any file at the same time. Quite the opposite, the YUM will inform you the previous version of the package that is already installed in your system but never allow you to install its multiple versions.
  3. While using RPM, if you mention that a package is required to be updated, the RPM will attempt to do so for which it will employ the downloading the necessary dependencies. After that it will install them for you as well. If you don’t provide any package name to RMP, the RPM will try initiate the update process each and every package which is installed on your system. While employing the yum upgrade facility, it will try to get rid of any package in which the “obsolete” option is available.

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