Monthly Archives: May 2008

How To Make RPM Packages

When working with RedHat Linux systems the best way to ensure that you have the right software installed is by using RPM’s

RPM is a package management system like Solaris packages.

To create packages from source code some or all of the following steps would be needed.

To set it up a build environment and number of configuration files are needed.

First the build environment.

cd /home/asbjorn
mkdir myrpm
cd rpm

In earlier releases of RedHat a file .rpmrc was used.

Now rpmbuild uses the .rpmmacros for default values.

In the first two lines, information about the package creator is provided.

The _topdir line is included, so the package can be build as a user rather than as root.
Do not build packages as root if you can avoid it.

The following lines provide references to the build environment.

cd /home/asbjorn

vi .rpmmacros

%packager      Asbjorn Riedel <>
%vendor        The name of the project

%_topdir       /home/asbjorn/myrpm


By defining the .spec file we can set up all the parameters needed for building packages of software delivered as tar files.

The %{_prefix} definition can be changed depending on the location where you want your package to be installed, example /opt, /usr or /usr/local. Just change the line with Prefix:  in it.

 vi myrpm/SPECS/testpackage.spec

%define name testpackage
%define version 0.0.1
%define release 1

Summary: A test package for RedHat Linux
Name: %{name}
Version: %{version}
Release: %{release}
Vendor: Guess It Must Be Me
License: None
Group: System
Prefix: %{_prefix}

This is a testpackage , specially made for testing

%package devel
Summary: package with stuff to develop %{name}.
Group: System
Requires: %{name} = %{version}

%description devel
The %{name}-devel testpackage contains stuff for building %{name}.

%setup -q




%post -p /sbin/ldconfig

%postun -p /sbin/ldconfig

%doc ReadMe

%files devel
%doc ReadMe

* Thu Mar 27 2008 Asbjorn Riedel <
– Initial spec file

The %install part contains the actual commands to build the software and it may need to be changed in your case.


How to finally do the build …

rpmbuild -ba SPECS/testpackage.specs