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Etersoft EPM package manager

Packaging status

Really, EPM is a wrapper for any package manager used in your operating system.


$ epm --help

to see list of all supported commands.

The main goal of the project is to provide the same package management interface on all platforms.

You can use

# epmi NAME


# epm -i NAME


# epm install NAME

to install a package. It is just an alias for one command: install the package. EPM will run urpmi on Mandriva, apt install on Ubuntu, yum install on Fedora, or apt-get install on ALT Linux.

And it has a little intelligence, so EPM will first try to install a package file via low level commands (rpm or dpkg) before using higher level commands (yum, apt).

Just try your comfort style for package management and carry your experience the same to any platform. EPM will print out the real command it uses so you can learn from it.

EPM has support for repository management: repo list, repo add, repo remove, update commands.

Also EPM contains serv command to control system services in system independed manner.

Pay attention to the following useful commands:

  • epmqf <command name> - query package(s) owning file
  • epmqp <word> - search in the list of installed packages

epmqf can be helpful to get package name for any file or command in the system:

$ epmqf epmqf
Note: epmqf is placed as /usr/bin/epmqf
 $ rpm -qf /usr/bin/epmqf
Note: /usr/bin/epmqf is link to epm
Note: epm is placed as /usr/bin/epm
 $ rpm -qf /usr/bin/epm

Also you can use epm play to install the application from the official site.

For example, run epm play edge to install Microsoft Edge browser in your system.

Install on any system

Just run under root user:

# curl -sL | bash /dev/stdin ei

or using wget:

# wget -O- | bash /dev/stdin ei

or more long version:

# curl -s | bash /dev/stdin ei --auto

If you have no curl or wget on your system, just download file and run in the download directory via bash:

# bash ei

In a common case you can install eepm package manually:

How to add new distro support

For developers only:

  1. Fix detection with distro_info
  2. Add distro support in set_pm_type function
  3. Implement every command in epm-* files
  4. Ensure that epm packages and epm --short packages works correctly (epm package 'awk' have to print packages with awk substring in their names)

Informational resources

See detailed description in Russian at

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