Creating an rpm from scratch

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sat Mar 16 18:21:54 UTC 2013

Thomas Cameron wrote:
> On 03/14/2013 02:43 PM, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> I am happy to say the last rpm I had to create was back during 2.5
>> development testing days. Now I would find it convenient to roll
>> another, and I'm hoping there's by now a better tools to help create an
>> rpm from scratch, something more intuitive than the man page in one
>> window and vi in the other.
>> Is there?
> Maybe "RHN Power User Tips and Tricks: Packaging Software" at
> and
> might be helpful?
> Thomas

There is a lot of highly useful information in that directory, and while I 
haven't watched the video on a phone, I expect to find it helpful as well. These 
are valuable resources and I thank you for pointing them out.

But it seems that not only is there nothing better than the old "RPMcreator," 
but nothing similar. It asked clear, concise, unambiguous questions, and after 
you answered it went off and ate resources and spit out an RPM. No downloading 
other source RPMs and editing them by hand, nothing like that. It wrote scripts 
(one for sed, one for yacc of all things) and configs in a working directory, 
ran them, and popped out the RPM.

Again, thanks, it appears that the good old days are gone. :-(

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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