Using .deb style subdirectories with rpm?

devzero2000 pinto.elia at
Sun Oct 4 22:07:04 UTC 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:03 AM, devzero2000 <pinto.elia at> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 6:52 AM, Ignacio Valdes <ivaldes at> wrote:
>> Hi all again,
>> I am going from a .deb to an rpm. The .deb has the files in
>> subdirectories such as /etc/init.d/foobar  I planned to just have /etc
>> in the file list and then do a copy command such as:
>> cp -Rf $whereRwe/etc /etc
>> Is that the usual way you can deal with a deb-style file heirarchy
>> with rpm? Is there a better way?
>> It is not clear, at me almost, your question. BTW, the "deb-style file
> hierarchy" is almost equivalent to the files/directory you create in the rpm
> %install section, in the rpm buildroot. Now in %install section you can do
> something like this
> rm -rf %{buildroot}
> mkdir -p %{buildroot}/etc/init.d
> .......
> cp -a %{SOURCE1}   %{buildroot}/etc/init.d/mypkg
> (where the (rpm) macro SOURCE1 was defined as
> Source1: mypkg.init for example in the SPEC)
> and in %files
> %files
> ........
> config(noreplace) /etc/init.d/myconfig
> So your question, IMHO, is not what deb does (deb is a packaging format e.g
> an ar archive with some metainfo for the dpkg , gdebi ecc. tools ) but what
> a dh_make does in building a skeleton for your package for make it a
> <pkg>.deb. Similar to what does, for example, for rpm the rpmdevtools (in
> particular *rpmdev-newspec), *with some difference of course*. *But there
> are other build system for rpm , as for deb.
> This is a little ref on the subject perhaps

> hth
>> -- IV
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