Dumping RPM metadata

The other day, I wanted to find out which RPM metadata field was used to store the “el6” value in the “rpm -q” output for a package, e.g:

[root@as-ws-pr-la-01 Desktop]# rpm -q kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64
kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64
[root@as-ws-pr-la-01 Desktop]# 

This came up because this output looks identical for CFEngine’s RHEL 4, 5 and 6 packages, even though there are two different packages involved.

So I used this one-liner to dump all RPM metadata which should be that RELEASE was most likely the proper field to update:

[root@as-ws-pr-la-01 Desktop]# echo  rpm  -q kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 --queryformat \" $(for f in `rpm --querytags`; do echo \\n $f = %{${f}} ' '  ; done  )  \" |sh |grep el6
BASENAMES = .vmlinuz-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64.hmac
 CHANGELOGNAME = Johnny Hughes <johnny@centos.org> [2.6.32-504.el6.centos]
 EVR = 2.6.32-504.el6
 FILENAMES = /boot/.vmlinuz-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64.hmac
 NEVR = kernel-2.6.32-504.el6
 NEVRA = kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64
 NVR = kernel-2.6.32-504.el6
 NVRA = kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64
/sbin/new-kernel-pkg --package kernel --install 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 || exit $?
/sbin/new-kernel-pkg --package kernel --mkinitrd --dracut --depmod --update 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 NEWKERNARGS || exit $?
/sbin/new-kernel-pkg --package kernel --rpmposttrans 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 || exit $?
    /sbin/weak-modules --add-kernel 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 || exit $?
PREUN = /sbin/new-kernel-pkg --rminitrd --rmmoddep --remove 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 || exit $?
    /sbin/weak-modules --remove-kernel 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 || exit $?
PROVIDEVERSION = 2.6.32-504.el6
 R = 504.el6
 RELEASE = 504.el6
 SOURCERPM = kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.src.rpm
[root@as-ws-pr-la-01 Desktop]#

Does anybody know a better way to find out what RPM fields are used to construct the “rpm -q” output?

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