How To Remove Packages With RPM “Error: … Specifies Multiple Packages ”


Sometimes when you want to remove any packages installed on Server using RPM, you will get errors as “error: “” specifies multiple packages “. To get rid of this error, you have to use “–allmatches” option available with RPM command.

Below is example where I have tried to remove “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” from server. Actually here we have “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” installed for i386(32 bit) as well as x86_64(64 bit). So there are two copies of a single package available.

 Example :

[root@server~]# rpm -qa | grep cups
cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
 [root@server~]# rpm -e cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
error: “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” specifies multiple packages
 [root@server~]# rpm -e  –allmatches cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
error: Failed dependencies:
        libcups.so.2()(64bit) is needed by (installed) gtk2-2.10.4-21.el5_7.7.x86_64
        libcups.so.2()(64bit) is needed by (installed) paps-0.6.6-20.el5.x86_64
        libcups.so.2 is needed by (installed) gtk2-2.10.4-21.el5_7.7.i386
[root@server~]# rpm -e  –allmatches –nodeps cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
[root@server~]# rpm -qa | grep cups

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Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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