Creating an rpm from scratch

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sat Mar 16 23:33:41 UTC 2013

Doug wrote:
> On 03/16/2013 03:13 PM, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Gordon Messmer wrote:
>>> On 03/15/2013 09:52 AM, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>>>> Sounds like NO, there has been progress in documentation since 2.5 days,
>>>> but sounds like it all has to be created by hand in terms of scripts,
>>>> spec files, etc. Thanks, but if it hasn't gotten less time consuming in
>>>> 12-15 years, let it be someone else's time.
>>> I started using rpm and building packages back in '97.  I'm sure that my
>>> inexperience made it more time consuming back then then it should have been, but
>>> I definitely think it's less time consuming now than it was.
>>> I saw that you were given one of the links to Fedora's rpm documentation.
>>> There's a larger collection organized starting here:
>>> With the simple guide here:
>>> The rpmdev tools simplify most of the boilerplate stuff.  mock will help you
>>> keep devel packages out of your system, and help ensure various quality checks.
>>> There's a package named eclipse-rpm-editor which, if installed, will add spec
>>> file support to Eclipse (which will also be installed if it isn't currently).
>>> You'll never get completely away from editing a text file (the spec) while
>>> working with rpm.  I've worked with other installers, like NSIS, and to date
>>> I've never seen any that are notably easier to use than rpm.  If you really want
>>> something simpler than rpm, consider:
>>>    ./configure
>>>    make install DESTDIR=/var/tmp/package-buildroot
>>>    cd /var/tmp/package-buildroot
>>>    tar Jcf /var/tmp/package-$(date +%Y%m%d).tar.xz .
>> Actually I'm spoiled using RPMcreator years ago, it just asked questions and
>> did the rest.
>> But in this case, I'm dealing with people who didn't even have tar and make
>> installed, and expect that if I donated the programming I should donate
>> support, too. Oh, and they still remind me I haven't made a money donation
>> this year.
> Downloaded rpm1.0.0.078.i386.rpm
> Got dependency: rpmdevtools, so downloaded that and unpacked it to:
> rpmdevtools-6.4, whihc is still in Download directory.
> Tried again: rpm -Uvh rpm1*.rpm and still got
> [doug at linux1 Downloads]$ sudo rpm -Uvh rpm1*.rpm
> error: Failed dependencies:
>          rpmdevtools is needed by RPMCreator-1.0-78.i386

Try rpm -Uvh rpm1*.rpmdevtools*
> so now what?
> Thanx for the answer--doug

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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