I have a .rpm file on my windows machine. Is there a way to inspect this file (either on windows or centos) without installing it, to find out where it was compiled from? something like metadata?


They have lots of metadata. Use -qp to target the package file and --qf to specify which metadata you're interested in.

$ rpm -qp /var/cache/yum/x86_64/16/fedora/packages/db4-4.8.30-3.fc15.i686.rpm --qf "%{name}: %{buildhost}\n"
db4: x86-10.phx2.fedoraproject.org

rpm --querytags will show you the metadata tags.

  • Any way to do that on a Windows machine (just out of curiosity)? – Mark Henderson Aug 5 '12 at 20:30
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    @Mark: There's this, but I doubt it supports the new hash format. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 5 '12 at 20:34

To check metadata on windows machine - you will need rpm utility. You can run RPM utility on Windows via Cygwin: http://cygwin.com/ - then from cygwin console you can run rpm -qip /path/file.rpm

On centos - rpm -qip /path/file.rpm

  • This displays all of the metadata - just what I was looking for. – sourcedelica Mar 20 '20 at 18:12

I've forked @Ignacio answer and created oneliner to quickly go over all tags:

rpm -qp package.rpm --qf "$(rpm --querytags | sed -nr 's/(.*)/\1:%{\1}/p' | tr '[:space:]' '\n')"

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