Creating an rpm from scratch

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Mon Mar 18 17:16:18 UTC 2013

Bill Davidsen wrote:
> 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*
Sorry, something ate my space, it looked okay on the screen but not in my sent 
folder. I think the way you're doing it, it all must be on the same line:
       rpm -Uvh rpm1*.rpm devtools*.rpm

>> so now what?
>> Thanx for the answer--doug

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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