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3.2.4. Installing Packages

The –i or --install option tells the rpm command to run an installation operation, which, as you’d suspect, installs packages. The basic syntax is:
rpm –i filename.rpm
For example:
rpm –i jikes-1.16-1.i386.rpm

Use Upgrade, Rather Than Install

You should normally install packages with rpm -U, not rpm -i. One of the main reasons is that rpm -i allows you to install multiple instances of the same (identical) package. This is usually not what you want.
The rpm –i command works with the installation options discussed previously. The –U, -F and –i options all accept mostly the same options, except as discussed previously.