Sometimes when you want to remove any packages installed on Server using RPM, you will get errors as “error: “” specifies multiple packages “. To get rid of this error, you have to use “–allmatches” option available with RPM command.

Below is example where I have tried to remove “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” from server. Actually here we have “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” installed for i386(32 bit) as well as x86_64(64 bit). So there are two copies of a single package available.

 Example :

[root@server~]# rpm -qa | grep cups
 [root@server~]# rpm -e cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
error: “cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5” specifies multiple packages
 [root@server~]# rpm -e  –allmatches cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
error: Failed dependencies: is needed by (installed) gtk2-2.10.4-21.el5_7.7.x86_64 is needed by (installed) paps-0.6.6-20.el5.x86_64 is needed by (installed) gtk2-2.10.4-21.el5_7.7.i386
[root@server~]# rpm -e  –allmatches –nodeps cups-libs-1.3.7-30.el5
[root@server~]# rpm -qa | grep cups

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Last Modified: October 28, 2013

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