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3.2.3. Freshening up

A freshen operation means to install a new version of a package only if you have already installed another version of the package. Thus, a freshen operation is very similar to the upgrade operation except that a freshen requires you to have previously installed the package, while an upgrade can install a package for the first time. The basic syntax for freshening a package is to use the -F option.
rpm -F package_name
You can also use the --freshen long option in place of -F.
As with upgrading, the options to the rpm command are the same, except for the -F or --freshen option that indicates the operation. These are the options discussed in the section on upgrading and installing software.