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Rinse is a simple tool which is designed to carry out the installation of a new RPM-based distribution.

It was primarily designed to work with the xen-tools software, which creates new guest images for running inder the Xen hypervisor.

Using rinse you can easily setup simple chroot() systems running different RPM-based distributions, such as Centos or Scientific Linux.


You may download the current stable release from the following links:

This software is part of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution and can be installed directly via the Debian repository.

If you'd like to try something more cutting edge please see the rinse mercurial repository.


To install & use this software you'll need several dependencies:

  • rpm & rpm2cpio
    • To unpack the RPM packages.
  • perl


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