Writing new book: "The RPM Reference"

Zhang, Qiang Z qiang.z.zhang at intel.com
Wed Jan 9 23:41:36 UTC 2013

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> On Behalf Of Andrew Ford
> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:43 AM
> To: rpm-list at lists.rpm.org
> Subject: Writing new book: "The RPM Reference"
> I mentioned on the rpm-list almost two years ago that I was writing a book
> "Linux Software Management with RPM and YUM".  That stalled for various
> reasons, one of which was that the subject was just too broad.
> I have narrowed the focus now and am working on a book, provisionally entitled
> "The RPM Reference".  It will do what the title implies, provide a reference
> primarily for the rpm and rpmbuild commands (including coverage of spec files,
> macros, scripts, triggers, etc) covering rpm versions 4.4.2 (SLES 10),
> (RHEL5, SLES 11), 4.8.0 (RHEL6), (Fedora 17 and openSUSE 12.2) and
> 4.10.1 (Fedora 18), and whatever RHEL7 uses when it comes out.  I have been
> reviewing whatever documentation, books and articles I can find and exploring
> the source code for the different versions (including the patches for the disto
> packages). There are areas, like SELinux policies, that I am going to have to
> learn up on, but I am hoping to have the bulk of the book written in the first half
> of the year.  Double checking the correctness of everything, especially all the
> compatibility information is going to take quite a while though.
> If you would like to help with reviewing the new book, drop me an email.  I am
> anticipating having the first chapters ready for review by early February.

[Qiang] I would like to.

> Regards
> Andrew
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