If you've made changes to a configuration file that was originally installed by RPM, your changes won't be lost if you erase the package. Say, for example, that we've made changes to /etc/skel/.bashrc (a config file), which was installed as part of the etcskel package. Later, we remove etcskel:
# rpm -e etcskel
But if we take a look in /etc/skel, look what's there:
# ls -al total 5 drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 1024 Jun 17 22:01 . drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 2048 Jun 17 19:01 .. -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 152 Jun 17 21:54 .bashrc.rpmsave drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 May 13 13:18 .xfm #
Sure enough: .bashrc.rpmsave is a copy of your modified .bashrc file! Remember, however, that this feature only works with config files. Not sure how to determine which files RPM thinks are config files? Chapter , specifically, section on page will show you how.