The Caboteria / Tech Web / MandrakePackages (03 Jul 2001, TobyCabot)
Mandrake Linux 8.0 uses RPM 4.0 as its package manager but does some things a little differently. The man pages for rpm indicate that you can use rpm with the -b flag to build packages from source but this isn't the case - you have to install the rpm-build package and use rpmbuild instead. The command line args appear to be the same for rpmbuild as for rpm.

When you install a source rpm the files go into the /usr/src/RPM/ directory, in various subdirectories.

rpmbuild -bc {specfile} rebuilds the package. The specfile is probably in /usr/src/RPM/SPECS/.

Trying to build the kernel bombed with the following error:

+ echo MAKE DEPEND FOR smp i686 KERNEL...
+ make -s mrproper
+ install -m644 /usr/src/RPM/SOURCES/kernel-2.4.3-i686.config arch/i386/defconfig
install: /usr/src/RPM/SOURCES/kernel-2.4.3-i686.config: No such file or directory
Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.68750 (%build)
[root@tiny RPM]# 

I had to copy usr/src/RPM/SOURCES/kernel-2.4.3-i586.config to usr/src/RPM/SOURCES/kernel-2.4.3-i686.config (and edit the configuration, of course).

-- TobyCabot - 13 Jun 2001

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