rpmbuild questions

Tim Born timborn at bell-labs.com
Thu Dec 30 15:40:17 UTC 2010

Pretty close.  The "installation" that occurs as part of the rpmbuild is
actually placing the files in a temp location, typically under /usr/var/....

RPMs for installing binaries are the most straightforward since the
build step is a no-op.
Find an example spec file to modify.  That will give you a big leg up
the learning curve.

Using RPMs for installing software is A Good Thing.  What you propose
seems pretty sensible.

good luck,

On 12/29/10 1:42 PM, Clay Stuckey wrote:
> I am a little confused regarding what happens in rpmbuild. Here is
> what I understand and please correct where I am off:
> - when rpmbuild -ba mypackage.spec is executed, the
> SOURCE/mypackage.tzg file is ungzipped into BUILD
> - the %prep, %build and %install sections of the spec file run
> processes on the files in the BUILD directory and actually install the
> application to the host filesystem
> - the %files section tells rpmbuild which of the recently installed
> files to bundle up in to the new RPM
> - when the RPM is installed on the new system, it just unpacks those
> bundled up files to the new system
> Am I understanding this correctly?
> My current needs are to to a few things:
> get a few binary files onto a system and excecute to install
> alter the contents some config files
> alter the permissions of some files and folders
> add some users, execute ssh-keygen as them, and place ssh keys in
> their authorized_users file
> Am I going down the wrong path by considering RPM as a tool for making
> these system changes?
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