[lug] RPM rpmrc question

Scott Herod herod at dimensional.com
Tue Mar 2 15:33:37 MST 2004

Sorry to answer my own mail.  It turns out that the rpmbuild man page
isn't complete.  You can define variables on the command line, for 

rpmbuild --define='_topdir /my/current/path/to/defs' ....

Also, ~/.rpmmacros is searched automatically.  You don't need to reference 
a macro file in ~/.rpmrc (which is deprecated).


On Mon, 1 Mar 2004, Scott Herod wrote:

> Hello,
> I know that I'm working with rpmbuild back-a__ward but I want to build 
> RPMs from a Makefile rather than the other way around.  I want something 
> like:
> rpmbuild -bi SPECS/my_specfile-0.1.0-1.spec
> However, that will look for SOURCES in /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES unless I
> create (I think) a pair of appropriate files ~/.rpmrc and ~/.rpm_macros:
> ~/.rpmrc:
> macrofiles:/usr/lib/rpm/macros:~/.rpm_macros
> ~/.rpm_macros:
> %_topdir        /path/to/my/packages
> Is it possible to include the %_topdir variable on my command line?
> I can use an --rcfile directive with local files but rpmbuild doesn't seem 
> to expand '.' inside the rpmrc and rpm_macros files.  How can I make the 
> source trees relocatable without essentially having the makefile write an 
> rpmrc and rpm_macro file?
> Thanks for any suggestions.
> Scott
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