April 14, 2005

Comprehensive RPM building guide released

Dax Kelson writes "Guru Labs has released a section of our courseware under a Creative Commons license that has very comprehensive coverage of building RPMs.

It has treatment of the whole spectrum of issues including making proper patches, the freedesktop.org menu specification, and ancillary files like logrotate.d files,/etc/cron.*/ files, creating SysV init files and chkconfig.

One unique thing about the guide is that it is not just a reference as it includes a very detailed (48 page) lab exercise that walks a would be
packager through several real world scenarios.

The lab exercise has been validated and tested to "just work as written"
on the following distributions:

Fedora Core 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
SUSE Linux Professional 9.2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

It will likely work, possibly with small modifications, on other RPM
based distributions as well.

The guide can be found under the "Goodies" section of our website here:


We are excited to make this release and hope it is useful addition to the available RPM documentation and helps increase the amount of quality
packagers and packages."

Link: gurulabs.com


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