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Old 07-10-2003, 04:43 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Oricola, Italy
Distribution: RH 9, so far
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how to use the source (rpm)?

It is reletively easier to use the tar ball to install.

While could anybody tell me how to recompile the source rpm?
My specific question is:

1. where can I find the source which rpm installs?
2. how to compile? (gcc or something? do I need additional option?)

Really I am new to this. Thank you for any input.

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Old 07-10-2003, 01:04 PM   #2
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Distribution: Mandrake 9.1/slack 9.0/BSD
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RPM's (Redhat Package Management) is a way to install PRE-Compiled software (like with windows). You usually have two options when hunting for RPM's, the distro-specific or the source binary. While the source binary is really distro-independant, it is usually easier to just download the RPM for your distro IMHO.

I usually compile from source (tarball), since dependancies drive me crazy. It also gives me better tweaked software that is custaom tailored to my machine.

What distro are you using?
What are you trying to install?

Also, If you did not install all the needed devel libraries, you will find it hard to compile much.


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