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RPM build box setup

These are my notes from setting CentOS-4 for RPM package building on my home network. The same should apply for pretty much any version of CentOS or Red Hat.

  • install base os
  • update the os & kernel using yum update
  • add my user mdf (uid 1000), add to wheel group
  • add family group (gid 5000) just for grins
  • setup sudoers by uncommenting line with #wheel nopasswd
  • (If necessary) run lokkit and disable firewall (or enable just ssh)
  • create build folders
  • configure ~/.rpmmacros
%_topdir     /home/user/redhat
%_rpmfilename   %%{ARCH}/%%{NAME}-%%{VERSION}-%%{RELEASE}.el4.%%{ARCH}.rpm
%_unpackaged_files_terminate_build 0
%_missing_doc_files_terminate_build 0

Adjust el4 in the %_rpmfilename to match the release, e.g. el3 or el5. Q. Is there an easier way?

Q. Is there are way to get the build packages to automatically go into el4/i386/RPMS/ ?)

  • install development tools
yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
  • install screen and other packages not included in Development Tools
 yum install screen openssl-devel newt-devel pcre-devel libpcap-devel cups-devel \
 readline-devel postgresql-devel libxml2-devel cyrus-sasl-devel \
 gdbm-devel pam-devel libacl-devel libattr-devel openldap-devel \
 apr-util-devel byacc flex  gtk2-devel xorg-x11-devel kernel-smp-devel \
 createrepo repoview

Now I can drop into ~/redhat/SPECS and rpmbuild spec files.

cd redhat/SPECS
rpmbuild -ba dnstop.spec
  • Optional: install vmware-tools

Now see RPMBuilding