Using RPM to extract file

Carmel carmel_ny at
Wed Sep 21 16:19:56 UTC 2011

On Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:43:51 +0200
kron24 articulated:

> On 2011/09/21 13:17, Carmel wrote:
> > I am attempting to obtain a PPD file for a Brother MFC-9560CDW
> > printer. According to this URL:
> > <>,
> > I can download a file from:
> > <>
> > for this printer. Unfortunately, the file is only available in
> > either "RPM" or "DEB" format. I cannot figure out how to extract
> > the "PPD" from "RPM" file. I have read "man rpm"; however, I am
> > still confused. I tried following the instruction given on the site
> > for extracting the files; however, that only issued a warning about
> > an incorrect operating system.
> First use rpm2cpio of archivers/rpm to get a cpio package.
> Then continue with standard cpio(1).

Using "rpm2cpio" was easy enough; however, I just cannot figure out
how to get "cpio" to extract just the one file I want. Either it just
hangs or issues an error message. The man page is just about useless.
No useful example is given. 

Carmel ✌
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