makedeltarpm - create a deltarpm from two rpms
makedeltarpm [-v] [-V version] [-z compression] [-m mbytes] [-s seq‐
file] [-r] [-u] oldrpm newrpm deltarpm
makedeltarpm [-v] [-V version] [-z compression] [-s seqfile] [-u] -p
oldrpmprint oldpatchrpm oldrpm newrpm deltarpm
makedeltarpm creates a deltarpm from two rpms. The deltarpm can later
be used to recreate the new rpm from either filesystem data or the old
rpm. Use the -v option to make makedeltarpm more verbose about its work
(use it twice to make it even more verbose).
If you want to create a smaller and faster to combine "rpm-only"
deltarpm which does not work with filesystem data, specify the -r
makedeltarpm normally produces a V3 format deltarpm, use the -V option
to specify a different version if desired. The -z option can be used to
specify a different compression method, the default is to use the same
compression method as used in the new rpm.
The -s option makes makedeltarpm write out the sequence id to the spec‐
ified file seqfile.
If you also use patch rpms you should use the -p option to specify the
rpm-print of oldrpm and the created patch rpm. This option tells
makedeltarpm to exclude the files that were not included in the patch
rpm but are not byteswise identical to the ones in oldrpm.
makedeltarpm can also create an "identity" deltarpm by adding the -u
switch. In this case only one rpm has to be specified. An identity
deltarpm can be useful to just replace the signature header of a rpm or
to reconstruct a rpm from the filesystem.
makedeltarpm normally needs about three to four times the size of the
rpm's uncompressed payload. You can use the -m option to enable a slid‐
ing block algorithm that needs mbytes megabytes of memory. This trades
memory usage with the size of the created deltarpm. Furthermore, the
uncompressed deltarpm payload is currently also stored in memory when
this option is used, but it tends to be small in most cases.
Michael Schroeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jul 2010 MAKEDELTARPM(8)