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Inspecting/unpacking a Linux rpm file on Mac OS X

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/11/18

You need this statement to unpack an rpm file on Mac OS X without having rpm installed:

rpm2cpio ##filename.rpm## | cpio -idmv

This will make rpm2cpio unpack the rpm file in the current directory using these cpio options:

  • i – use the rpm2cpoio as unput
  • d – created directories when needed
  • m – set modification timestamps from the archive
  • v – verbose filenames to stderr

cpio is already part of the Mac OS X system.

You can get rpm2cpio through homebrew by typing brew install rpm2cpio which will likely also download he xz dependency.


via: rhel – Open a RPM on a Mac? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

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