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LISA 2002 - Technical Program Abstract

An Analysis of RPM Validation Drift

John Hart and Jeffrey D'Amelia - Tufts University
Pp. 155-166 of the Proceedings of LISA '02: Sixteenth Systems Administration Conference,
(Berkeley, CA: USENIX Association, 2002).


Experiments that analyze dependencies in RedHat Linux and show disturbing conflicts and overlaps between software packages that result in installing multiple differing versions of dynamic libraries. The final state of a system containing conflicting packages depends upon the order in which packages are installed, as well as user input during the installation process. This leads to system states that may or may not have been tested, lowering confidence that the resulting software configuration will function properly. We describe the details of the problem, potential effects, and potential solutions involving improving the practice of building RPM packages.

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