binary vs source RPM (and other RPM questions)
I have a few questions about rpms. My understanding is that binary rpms are compiled for a certain version of linux. A source rpm I'm assuming contains the source code for a given program. Now, I'm assuming that the source rpm can be used to compile a binary rpm for a certain distro, is this true? And if so, how is this done? (I'm a newb, so try to make it somewhat uncomplicated)
Additionally, is there an easy way to make an rpm out of "tar" files? Since I'm using mandrake 9.1 I'm a bit reluctant to use "tar" files since my distro is rpm based. If there is a simple way to turn those tar files into rpms then that'd make me happy. Any information on this would greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.