RPM sucks

rpm is definitely the worst package manager out there. It’s way to difficult to use. For instance, given a rpm how do you list the files in it?

I tried

rpm --list --file my.rpm

I simply get the rpm help screen again. Hmmm, I guess it’s time to type

rpm --help

I search for –list and find that you must specify –query and –package. Ok that makes sense. So I type in

rpm -qlp my.rpm

. Ah so package is different than file.

Metacity and Wireframe

On my lowly PIII 650Mhz with 512MB ram and an Nvidia GeForce2 MX with 32MB, Metacity and GNOME run slow. Especially when moving windows around, metacity insisted that fullframe window movement was needed. Well, I decided to look on the net again to see if this has changed. And I found the solution right here.

HP ScanJet 4670

I returned the defective scanner back to Staple’s and got a working one. I pulled it out of the box, plugged the cables in and viola! It is a nice scanner. Fits nicely on the desk and a lot quieter than the old SCSI HP ScanJet 5P. Now I’m going to list the 5p on ebay.