Re: RPMs :o(

Peter Horton (
Tue, 19 May 1998 23:54:40 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 19 May 1998, Alex Buell wrote:

> I've just been given a .RPM - no tar.gz packages available :o( Is there a
> rpm to tar.gz converter out there?

RPMs are basically gzipped cpio archives with a header.

If you search the file for the byte 0x1f followed by 0x8b (these bytes
mark a gzip file) and remove everything that precedes them, you will be
left a gzipped cpio archive, which you can then unzip and unpack.


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