Quick Linux Tip: rpm query & xclip

I’m working on a script to do some basic auditing of my Linux servers. One thing I want to record is the install details from an rpm query. The following command will provide us with some basic details of the rpms installed and ordered by date.

rpm -qa --queryformat '%{NAME} %{VERSION} %{INSTALLTIME:date}\n' --last;

Output will look something like below…

xclip-0.11-11.1.3                             Wed 07 Mar 2012 18:15:13 GMT
splunk-4.3-115073                             Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:51:36 GMT
glibc-devel-32bit-2.14.1-14.18.1              Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:40:04 GMT
glibc-devel-2.14.1-14.18.1                    Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:40:03 GMT
glibc-locale-2.14.1-14.18.1                   Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:39:58 GMT
busybox-1.18.3-5.1.3                          Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:39:38 GMT
glibc-2.14.1-14.18.1                          Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:39:35 GMT
glibc-32bit-2.14.1-14.18.1                    Thu 26 Jan 2012 15:39:32 GMT
MozillaFirefox-translations-common-9.0.1-1.1  Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:46 GMT
mozilla-nss-devel-3.13.1-5.1                  Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:25 GMT
MozillaFirefox-9.0.1-1.1                      Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:17 GMT
libsoftokn3-3.13.1-5.1                        Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:03 GMT
mozilla-nss-3.13.1-5.1                        Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:02 GMT
MozillaFirefox-branding-openSUSE-5.0-15.1     Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:44:00 GMT
libfreebl3-3.13.1-5.1                         Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:43:59 GMT
mozilla-nss-certs-3.13.1-5.1                  Thu 12 Jan 2012 14:43:57 GMT
mysql-workbench-5.1.16-2.3.5                  Tue 01 Nov 2011 14:28:47 GMT
mozilla-nspr-devel-4.8.9-2.1                  Mon 31 Oct 2011 13:58:58 GMT
mozilla-nspr-4.8.9-2.1                        Mon 31 Oct 2011 13:58:49 GMT
MySQL-server-5.5.15-1.linux2.6                Tue 30 Aug 2011 13:23:44 BST

I’m auditing a bunch of servers and handling a lot of output in a console windows can be a pain. That’s where xclip can come in. Just pipe the output to xcip and everything will get copied to your hosts clipboard to paste into your reports;

rpm -qa --queryformat '%{NAME} %{VERSION} %{INSTALLTIME:date}\n' --last | xclip;

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