Creating RPM on AIX

Allen S. Rout asr at
Wed Feb 25 14:51:43 UTC 2015

On 02/16/2015 10:25 AM, Blaxton wrote:
> Franklin,
> I agree AIX is a robust OS, but it is lacking proper support for open
> source software
> and most of RPM packages in IBM toolbox are old and ancient.

Speaking as someone who spent several years building RPMs on AIX, I'd
like to second this, and underline it a few times.  Expect to maintain
your own package repository, all the way down to compilers.

It's entirely possible to maintain your stable of RPMs, and it's
certainly got better overlap with FOSS practices than building the
native IBM packages.  I can even recommend it as a way to accomplish
repeatable installs in AIX-land.  But you need to expect to learn a lot
about RPM, and a decent amount about every package you want to bring in.

We wound up with lots of local RPMMACROS in our system config to
simplify the process.

The last time I built one of these was more than 5 years ago, so I'm not
going to go into any more detail, because it'll just be misleading.

- Allen S. Rout

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