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Re: rpm -qa and architecture info

On Fri, 26 Mar 2010, Yong Huang wrote:

`rpm -qa' shows the package names (and versions and releases). This command

rpm -qa --qf '%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n'

shows that plus architecture. Is there a shorter command that does the same, i.e. shows name, version, release and arch? It's hard to remember and type that long line. I want something like

rpm -qa [a simple option that shows arch IN ADDITION TO what the preceding option i.e. -qa shows]

What I often do is create a file called /etc/rpm/macros.query_all_fmt and
add the following content:

    %_query_all_fmt %%{name}-%%{version}-%%{release}.%%{arch}

This will automatically show the architecture in a way that is compatible
with yum if you do rpm -qa.

This, however, will break any programs that does not specifically
provide a query format and somehow expects the default output (without

To be honest, I think the current default is a design bug. Not specifying
an architecture results in non-unique output and causes confusion with

Thank you very much! You're the only person that understands my question. (To others, thank you all too, but you all missed my point.)

I tried your /etc/rpm/macros.query_all_fmt. It works great. Can you give an example of a program "that does not specifically provide a query format" and fails after this file is created? And I agree with you on the "design bug" comment on the current default.

Hi Yong,

I don't know of any scripts in Red Hat that use the rpm -qa output without a specific --queryformat (or --qf). But I would not be surprised that this change interferes with some stuff (custom or vendor) in some places.

The stuff I wrote myself all uses --qf specifically :-)

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