Definition

package manager or package management system (PMS)

A package manager, also known as a package management system (PMS), is a program used to install, uninstall and manage software packages.

Software packages and package managers are often mentioned in connection to Unix and Unix-derived environments, such as Linux. A Linux distribution may consist of thousands of software packages. A package manager automates

Examples of package managers include Red Hat Package Manager (RPM), Yellowdog Updater, Modified (YUM) and Advanced Packaging Tool (APT).

This was last updated in April 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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