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So, I've lined up an interview for a position that, among other things, has some focus on Linux administration. From what I gather the Linux side of the job is basically day-to-day maintenance and handling server backups. Some foray into production package management - and oddly noted as "sporadic bash scripting".

I have ~1 1/2 years of experience with this sort of position, however it was fairly basic, and seldom needed to do any scripting of any kind (I've since gotten better with bash, but still learning the small "gotcha"s). Where I worked previously was primarily using Debian - so I got pretty comfortable with Debian/dpkg-based systems. The position I'll be interviewing for however, is a Red Hat shop.

I'm confident in my general Linux abilities, but I'm curious as to what may be a "curve ball" of sorts to someone going to RPM from dpkg. I'm brushing up on general RPM and Yum usage, but I want to know if there are any tips from Red Hat/CentOS users out there for things that are distinctively different from Debian ways of doing things? Something that might catch me off guard as actually being different (thus not specifically an RPM vs dpkg difference) or something apparently minutely different that I might look over it and thus miss something big?
    
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I'm not a great expert on Redhat myself (despite having used it off and on for about 10 years), but I think there shouldn't be too many surprises as they're both LSB so should be largely similar in OS design. And many of the RPM tools (bar yum itself) should exist on Debian anyway as RPM support is a pre-requisite for LSB.
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I'm not a great expert on Redhat myself (despite having used it off and on for about 10 years), but I think there shouldn't be too many surprises as they're both LSB so should be largely similar in OS design. And many of the RPM tools (bar yum itself) should exist on Debian anyway as RPM support is a pre-requisite for LSB.

This is what I was thinking too, I just wasn't sure (again - the "gotcha"s).


Though didn't know RPM was a mandate for LSB, just thought it was a standard procedure to add support.
    
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