rpmdeplint - Man Page

a tool to find errors in RPM packages in the context of their dependency graph


rpmdeplint COMMAND [--repo NAME,URL] [RPMPATH]


The rpmdeplint command tests the dependency satisfiability of specified RPM packages against given repositories.



Load yum repository specified by name or by URL/path.

If the repo is already configured in /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo simply specify its name like:


Otherwise, specify a name and the base URL or metalink. The NAME is for descriptive purposes only in this case. It has no impact on dependency resolution. If rpmdeplint identifies a dependency issue relating to a package in this repo, the NAME will appear in the error message. Examples:



You can also specify a local filesystem path instead of a URL, like:


Note that the URL/path should point at a directory containing repodata/repomd.xml. Examples:

--repos-from-system,  -R

Use yum repos from the system-wide configuration in /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo. Repos which are disabled in the configuration (enabled=0) are ignored.

This option can be combined with one or more --repo options.

--arch ARCH, -a ARCH

Only consider packages for ARCH when solving dependencies. If a repo contains packages for any other arches, they will be ignored.

Note that the traditional RPM arch compatibility rules are applied, which means that noarch packages and "inferior" arch packages are also included (for example, i686 implicitly includes i386).

This option is normally not required, because distribution repos are normally split by arch (including the various special cases for multilib).



Path to an RPM package. This can be a relative or absolute filesystem path.



Performs each of the checks listed below.


Checks for unmet dependencies with the given RPM packages against the given repositories. Each unmet dependency is listed.


Checks for unmet dependencies in the given repositories, when considered together with the given packages. This check is similar to check-sat, except it checks only packages in the repositories, not the packages under test.

Packages are only considered to be available for dependency resolution if they are the latest version and not obsoleted by any other package. Therefore this check can detect problems where a package under test is updating an existing package in the repositories, but it no longer provides a requirement needed by some other package in the repositories.

In case a pre-existing repoclosure problem is found (that is, the same problem exists when considering only the repositories without the packages under test) a warning is printed to stderr, but the check is not considered to have failed.


Checks for undeclared file conflicts in the given RPM packages: that is, when a given package contains a file also contained in another package.

This command will not report a file as conflicting between two packages if:

  • there is an explicit RPM Conflicts between the two packages; or
  • the file’s checksum, permissions, owner, and group are identical in both packages (RPM allows both packages to own the file in this case); or
  • the file’s color is different between the two packages (RPM will silently resolve the conflict in favour of the 64-bit file).

Checks that there are no existing packages in the repositories which would upgrade or obsolete the given packages.

If this check fails, it means that the package under test will never be installed (since the package manager will always pick the newer or obsoleting package from the repositories instead) which is not desirable, assuming the package is intended as an update.


All dependencies will be listed for each given RPM package.

Exit Status


Checks ran successfully, and no problems were found


Error occurred while running checks (including network errors downloading repodata)


Command-line usage error


Problems were found with the packages under test


Imagine you have produced a new pre-release build of your package, and you want to check if it will cause dependency errors in Fedora:

rpmdeplint check \
    --repo=fedora,https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/development/rawhide/Everything/x86_64/os/ \

You don't have to specify the URLs of the repos if they are already configured in /etc/yum.repos.d/:

rpmdeplint check \
    --repo=fedora --repo=updates \

or use all configured repos:

rpmdeplint check \
    --repos-from-system \

You can also use a local filesystem path instead of an absolute URL for the repos to test against. For example, if you are offline you could re-use your local dnf cache. (Note that rpmdeplint may need to fetch packages for file conflict checking and this step will fail if you use an incomplete repo such as the dnf cache.)

rpmdeplint check \


Bug reports can be submitted to https://github.com/fedora-ci/rpmdeplint/issues.


rpmdeplint contributors


Jan 26, 2024 2.0