Do we need this crap on LWN?
Posted Feb 21, 2007 18:11 UTC (Wed) by TwoTimeGrime
In reply to: Do we need this crap on LWN?
Parent article: ESR's goodbye note
I'm a long-time Debian user but one feature in RPM that's not in the deb system is the ability to check the integrity of an installed package. With RPM I remember I could run with an option and it will see if all the packages files still were installed and would check the MD5SUM of each file against the package database. It was an easy way to check if files from a package were missing or corrupted. It helped me when once on a RH 7.x machine I accidentally ran "rm -rf /usr". I was able to find out what files were missing and then reinstall all of the relevant packages.
Despite research and asking other debian sysadmins I could not find any options in dpkg to handle this.
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