DPI908/SBR600 RPM-Writing Lab
To create an RPM package.
- Wiki pages on RPM
- Fedora Package Maintainers page
- Scriptlet Snippets - recipes for common scriptlets in spec files
- Fedora Linux chapter 5 (see Seneca Library website > eBooks > View All > Safari > Fedora Linux).
- Install the required packages:
yum groupinstall "Fedora Packager"
yum install rpmlint yum-utils
- Create the ~/rpmbuild directories and the ~/.rpmmacros file by running this command:
For each of the two packages you previously built from source:
- Put the package source code (tarball) in
- Change to the SPECS directory:
- Create an empty skeleton spec file:
- Edit the specfile. Fill in the metadata and all of the required sections.
- Attempt to build your package:
rpmbuild -ba nameOfPackage.spec
- If there are errors, edit the specfile and try building again. Repeat until the build is successful.
- When the build is successful, the binary RPMs will be placed in
~/rpmbuild/RPMSand the source RPM will be placed in
You should also test your build:
- Run the rpmlint command once for each of these files, giving the filename as the positional argument:
- the spec file
- the SRPM
- each binary RPM
- Note any errors or warnings
- Attempt to address each of the errors or warnings. Adding
-ito the rpmlint command line will provide informative messages about the cause of each error; the Common Rpmlint issues page may also be a useful resource.
- If you cannot address each of the errors and warnings, refer to the Fedora wiki or use IRC and/or email to ask a Fedora packager, classmate, or your professor for assistance.
Write a blog post about your experience building these packages. Include notes about what worked and didn't work, and include a link to the spec files, SRPMs, and RPMs (you can host the files on your Matrix or Zenit account), plus the rpmlint output.