New book on package management with RPM and YUM

Soumen Trivedi soumen.trivedi at
Fri Apr 8 20:31:25 UTC 2011

Hi Andrew,
This is a very good initiative. I have been working with very complex rpms within modern automated build environments for quite some time and have developed some key skills in this area. Also developed understanding in various perspective of those interested to just get started.  I am happy to help you with this.

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Soumen Trivedi
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On 8 Apr 2011, at 20:28, Andrew Ford <A.Ford at> wrote:

> I am the author of the "Apache 2 Pocket Reference" and the "mod_perl Pocket Reference" (published by O'Reilly), and back in 1994 I wrote "Spinning the Web" (the first book on web publishing).  I recently started work on a short (concise) book on Linux package management with RPM and YUM, and am looking for volunteers to review the book as it comes together.
> The book will be aimed at savvy system administrators, and software developers and others who need to package up their software for RPM-based distros.  It is not going to go into the same sort of depth as the Fedora "RPM Guide" - it will only be about 100 pages - but will be the sort of book that someone who roughly knows what they are doing can dip into to remind themselves of this or that detail, and perhaps come away with some nugget of information they hadn't realized they needed.  It will basically be in two halves: the first part will cover use of RPM and YUM as a system administrator (including setting up a YUM repository), while the second part will cover building RPMs.
> If you would like to help, please email me at A.Ford at   I expect to be at a stage to start putting material out for review in four or five weeks, and delivery is planned for the end of July.
> Thanks
> Andrew
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