Rpm2tar is a utility for converting the contents of a binary RPM package into a gzipped tar archive. Rpm2tar attempts to preserve file ownership, groups, and permissions as they are stored in the RPM package. Rpm2tar handles files only; it does not handle pre- or post-install scripts, triggers, '%config' tags, or any other fancy features of RPM.
rpmproc is a simple Perl program to help manage and build RPM packages. It features announcing changelogs to a defined mailing list via qmail or Sendmail, auto-signing RPMs with PGP/GPG, uploading to remote "contrib" FTP sites, and copying RPMs to a local directory tree (for use with systems that build and allow FTPing RPMs from the same computer).
rsync is a replacement for rcp (and scp) that has many more features. It uses the "rsync algorithm" which provides a very fast method for remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand.
scdbackup is a simplified CD/DVD backup program for Linux. It can back up large amounts of data on one or more media, with no special tools needed for reading the backup. It supports ISO9660 filesystems and afio archives. Its special features are automatic division of data into multiple volumes, verification of write success, incremental backups, a search and restore helper for large ISO9660 backups. CDs get written via cdrecord, wodim, cdrskin, or xorriso. DVDs and BDs get written via growisofs, cdrskin, or xorriso.
Loki Setup is a graphical installer for Unix applications. It features descriptions of the package to install in XML, a GTK interface that can be dynamically redefined by the user with Glade, raw and ncurses console interfaces, and the automatic generation of uninstall scripts. It has been successfully used on many Linux and UNIX platforms. It includes tools for uninstalling, patching, and recovering installations. It operates independently from any package managers.
shash is a program which produces message digests for files, and checks whether the digest remains the same (i.e., whether the files changed). Since anyone can generate the message digest, it may not be suitable for some security-related applications. Because of this, shash also supports HMAC (rfc2104), which is a mechanism for message authentication using cryptographic hash functions. shash can use a key with a hash algorithm to produce hashes that can only be verified with the same key. This way, you can securely check whether files in a filesystem were altered.