[lug] need rpm dev forum

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 10:47:05 MDT 2005

Have you checked out rust on sourceforge?  It makes if very easy to
build RPMs.  There is a drag'n'drop gui and a backend script called
rust.  I used to in my last job to automate the buiding of dozens of
RPMs.  It was way easier to use than spec files, though it didn't let
me issue SRPMs, only binary RPMs.

Another option that I've had great success with is checkinstall
http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/  If you have a makefile
with an "install" target checkinstall will build an rpm (or dep, or
slackware package) trivially.  I use it when I install software from
scratch so I can remove it easily, too.


On 7/13/05, D. Stimits <stimits at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hugh Brown wrote:
> > I would think a question about rpms would be apropos of a linux user group
> > mailing list such as this one :)
> Well...what I'm trying to do is create an SRPM for a simple library
> (.so) file. Running make creates lib/libMyLib.so.0.0.0 (version 0.0.0,
> release 1). Running make install puts it in /usr/lib/libMyLib.so.0.0.0,
> and creates sym links for libMyLib.so.0.0 and libMyLib.so.0 and
> libMyLib.so. It also should have a devel rpm created which depends on
> the lib, and installing devel will install a header file to
> /usr/include/MyLib/MyLib.h.
> Unfortunately, my spec file is failing. It creates an SRPM, but rpmbuild
> --rebuild is broken in it. Mainly I'm trying to figure out how to do
> this from i386 samples, not from SRPM samples, which is a problem. The
> part which is failing though at this moment (there have been many parts
> failing, I'm slowly weeding them out) is it is missing a directory.
> There is in the spec file a temp directory, used in building, specified as:
> BuildRoot:
> %{_tmppath}/%{name}-%{version}-%{release}-root-%(%{__id_u} -n)
> As far as I can tell, the %{_tmppath}/ exists, but then it is failing to
> create the subdirectory
> %{name}-%{version}
> So, the temp file fails when it tries to cd to
> %{_tmppath}/%{name}-%{version}, although the %{_tmppath} portion is ok.
> Next I fixed this by adding a mkdir in the %prep, but the script is
> still failing to be able to cd here (presumably it is in the wrong
> directory to start with, and was not in the %{_tmppath} before trying to
> cd, or else it did not create the subdirectory before the attempt to cd
> there, despite this being a "prep" section).
> Is there anyone who would volunteer to be a guinea pig and let me email
> the spec file for analysis? The library Makefile itself has a "make
> tarball" to self-package that way, as well as a "make srpm". The library
> is not done yet, but it works without warning and without bugs right now
> (I plan on adding more features before releasing it). So far it should
> compile without problem on FC2 through FC4 for anyone with g++.
> D. Stimits, stimits AT comcast DOT net
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