Writing new book: "The RPM Reference"

Andrew Ford A.Ford at ford-mason.co.uk
Thu Jan 10 21:04:41 UTC 2013

Thanks.  I'll be in touch in a couple of weeks once I have set up an 
area on a website for the review material.


On 09/01/13 23:41, Zhang, Qiang Z wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> On Behalf Of Andrew Ford
>> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:43 AM
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>> 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.
> Thanks
> Qiang
>> Regards
>> Andrew
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