Re: [SPAM] building RPM from source

Mark Thorp Duxbury (
Wed, 9 Apr 2003 12:03:36 -0400

On Wednesday 09 April 2003 23:19, you wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Apr 2003 20:02:16 -0500, Mark Thorp Duxbury
> <> wrote:
> > > I'm trying to build an RPM from the AfterStep-1.8.11.tar.bz2
> > > package.
> >
> > I can provide an SRPM if you like.
> Thanks for the offer, but no thanks.  I'd prefer to build from source.
> Also, using someone else's SRPM won't get the current .spec file fixed.

Actually it will.  An SRPM is a *Source* RPM, it contains the sources and the 
correct spec file for 1.8.11 (it actually contains AfterStep-1.8.11.tar.bz2 
and AfterStep.spec ).  It does not contain any binaries.  Use "rpmbuild 
--rebuild filename.src.rpm" (or if on an older version of rpm use "rpm 
--rebuild filename.src.rpm") to build an RPM from the sources contained in 
the SRPM, or you can install the sources and the specfile using "rpm -ivh 
filename.src.rpm" and then build an RPM from the specfile with "rpm -bs 
specFileName" if you prefer.  Or if you just want the correct specfile, 
install the SRPM and and grab it.  Building from an SRPM does exactly the 
same thing as building from a specfile by hand.  


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