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"Linux Subscriptions" 03-20-2008 10:55 PM

Dealing with rpms from multiple architectures when executing rpm -Uvh
I'm trying to use the
rpm --Uvh command
to apply certain security patches in an automated way to some boxes I have that can't connect outside of the intranet (so I can't use up2date in the normal way).

For the x86 version of the patch in question, Red Hat provides 4 rpms, which I have in a directory:

# ls *.rpm
openssl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i386.rpm* openssl-devel-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i386.rpm
openssl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i686.rpm* openssl-perl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i386.rpm

Normally, my script can execute
rpm -Uvh *.rpm

To apply the upgrade.

However, when I try rpm -Uvh --test in this case I get:
rpm -Uvh *.rpm
warning: package openssl = 0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2 was already added, skipping openssl < 0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2

error: error reading from file openssl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i686.rpm

I guess this is because I'm adding openssl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i386.rpm, as well as the i686 optimized version openssl-0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.i686.rpm (since they are both supplied by RedHat).

[[An aside: Note that the error message is incorrect, it says that it's skipping openssl < 0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2, when in fact both versions are equal to 0.9.8b-8.3.el5_0.2.]]

Question: is there a way to tell rpm to choose the correct rpm corresponding to the architecture of the machine (and/or the already-installed openssl rpm's architecture).* Or do I need to write a custom script to 'figure out' which one(s) to keep?


Hopefully Helpful Notes:
OS: RHEL 5 32 bit
rpm version: RPM version 4.4.2

#uname -a:
Linux myhost 2.6.18-8.el5PAE #1 SMP Fri Jan 26 14:28:43 EST 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

# rpm -qa --qf "%{name} %{version} %{release} %{arch}
"* | grep "^openssl"

openssl097a 0.9.7a 9 i386

openssl-devel 0.9.8b 8.3.el5 i386

openssl 0.9.8b 8.3.el5 i686

openssl-perl 0.9.8b 8.3.el5 i386

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