How to Extract an RPM Without Installing

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To extract or “unbuild” and RPM so you can see its files you have to use two programs.  The first is rpm2cpio, the second is cpio.

rpm2cpio: Extract cpio archive from RPM Package Manager (RPM) package.

cpio – allows a user to copy file to and from an archive.

[code lang=”bash” title=”Do this as root”]linux:/tmp/rpmsource# rpm2cpio <>.src.rpm | cpio -idmv [/code]

Explanation: rpm2cpio takes the rpm and runs the extraction that is then piped through cpio to extract the files to a local directory.   FLAGS: -i extract, -d make directories where needed, -m preserve modification time, -v verbose mode will list the names of the files as they are extracted.

I’m not sure if this will work for non-src rpms.

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