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Easy Way to Extracting Files From RPM

In the past, to extract a file from an RPM installation package is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Sure, if you like using rpm2cpio and cpio on the command-line to extract a file, then maybe it's not too hard for you. But who likes to do all that work just to grab a file or two out of an RPM?

Linux GUI has come a long way from its ancient command-line interface. (Don't get me wrong, the command-line is still very powerful and we shouldn't do away with it.) But it's so much easier to look through a RPM visually and drag a file out of it.

File Roller is an archive manager for GNOME. You can use it on Linux to visually traverse through its contents. To extract a file, just drag it out of the archive and drop it where you want to put it. It works with RPM archives.

If you use Nautilus File Browser, you can launch File Roller on any RPM file. Just right-click on the RPM and select "Open with Archive Manager". Don't double-click on the RPM, or you might end up installing the RPM instead.

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