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Rpm removal does not remove delivered dirs and leaves garbage

I deliver an application via an RPM. This application delivers various directories and files. E.g. under /opt/internal/com a file structure is being copied. I was expecting that on rpm -e all ...
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Source vs Package Managers on the job

I am a bit confused, as there are two ways to install applications. One being to configure and make from source and the other from a package manager. If one were a UNIX/Linux administrator, is it ...
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Best practices recovering from a failed UNIX package upgrade?

When upgrading or installing a package through a package manager like Aptitude, what do you do to ensure everything works afterwards? If the package manager would break something after running, do ...
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How to stay up to date with the latest information about UNIX software patches and upgrades?

Until now I have always used the SecurityFocus mailing lists to keep myself informed about the possible need of upgrading my server packages. The main problems I have with using this method: Massive ...
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Best practices for keeping UNIX packages up to date?

How do you keep your servers up to date? When using a package manager like Aptitude, do you keep an upgrade / install history, and if so, how do you do it? When installing or upgrading packages on ...