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Packager's Guide

A guide to software packaging for Fedora 18

Edition 18.0.1

Petr Kovář

Red Hat Engineering Content Services

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Abstract
The Packager's Guide provides basic information on creating, building, and testing RPM packages, and spec file writing. It also contains a spec file reference. The audience are developers and system administrators who have a basic understanding of software packaging and RPM.

Preface
1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
3. Acknowledgments
1. Exploring the Structure of Packages
1.1. Packaging with RPM
1.1.1. Why Package Software with RPM?
1.2. Package Design
1.2.1. Package File Name
1.2.2. Format of the Archived Files
1.2.3. Querying Packages
2. Creating and Building Packages
2.1. Preparing a Build Environment
2.1.1. Creating a Non-Root Buildroot
2.2. Creating a Basic Spec File
2.2.1. Creating an Example Spec File for eject
2.3. Building a Package
2.3.1. Building an Example Package: eject
2.4. Testing a Package
2.4.1. Testing a Spec File
2.4.2. Testing a Spec File, Binary, and Source Package
2.4.3. Testing a Package with Mock
A. Spec File Reference
A.1. Spec File Directives
A.2. Spec File Macros
A.3. Spec File Comments
A.4. Spec File Example
A.5. Spec File Preamble
B. Getting More Information
C. Revision History