RPM or only .dmg in macox?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iMacNoob, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. iMacNoob macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2008

    I'm a little confused, i'm following some tutorials online, and sometimes I have to type things like:

    rpm -a | grep __________

    and I get a -bash: rpm: command not found

    So does Mac OS X have the rpm command or is that for some other linux version?

    What is the difference between rpm and .dmg file?
  2. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    RPM is the Red Hat Package Manager, used by Red Hat Linux and its derivatives to manage dependencies and such. I am not aware of a Mac OS X implementation.

    DMG files are (often compressed) file systems within a file, which often contain OS X applications or installers. There are ports of Debian APT to OS X (Fink) and BSD ports (MacPorts), but RPM exists only on Linux and a couple other versions of Unix not including OS X to which it has been adapted.

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