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Look through the contents of the tarball. Look for a file name that ends with .spec. That is the .spec file that rpmbuild needs. It tells rpmbuild what to do with the tarball.
If there isn't one, you could try writing your own .spec file. For guidence on that, check the documentation at the RedHat website. Look for a book called Maximum RPM. It used to be available free to download. It takes you through the entire process (with example code) of writing an rpm .spec file.
Another option is to search for a firefox .src.rpm, which included the .spec file and the tarball. Even if it's a different version, you may be able to edit the .spec file to work with the tarball you have now (basically making your own .src.rpm to use to compile your own .rpm).
Last edited by bigrigdriver; 10-29-2007 at 12:31 PM.
Distribution: Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat, Fedora, SLES, OpenSUSE, FreeBSD, Mac OS X
Thanx for the reply,
One more formal question. Can every tar ball be converted to a rpm? Or it depends on the source code. What I mean to say is that is there any restriction on what can be made or what can't be made to a rpm?