how to install source packages?

Paul Frields stickster at
Sun Jan 10 15:58:06 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM, Jud Craft <craftjml at> wrote:
> I've enabled the updates-source and fedora-source repositories in
> PackageKit, but how do I, for example, install the source package for
> Cairo?
> A packagekit search for Cairo returns nothing from the updates-source
> or fedora-source repositories, and nothing called "cairo-source" or
> anything of the like.  Just binary cairo and cairo-devel.
> In short, how do I install source packages?  Have I missed an obvious
> step or is it really unintuitive?

The easiest way to do this IME is:

1. Ensure 'yum-utils' is installed
2. Run 'yumdownloader --source cairo'
3. 'rpm -ivh cairo-*.src.rpm'

The resulting .spec file and source will be under ~/rpmbuild/ .


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