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Re: [SLUG] postinstall of a binary rpm
- To: Steve Kowalik <steven@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] postinstall of a binary rpm
- From: Mike MacCana <mikem@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Sep 24 10:00:02 2002
- Cc: Matthew Hannigan <mlh@xxxxxxxxxx>, SLUG List <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
You're both correct. The RPM format is a modified CPIO archive,
containing a variety of sources and patches, and a spec file.
The sources and patches are often compressed, and that cpmpression is
often done with GNU tar and GNU zip.
If you want to learn how to package (its simple to undertsand for anyone
who compiles their own software, and furthermore only takes a couple of
minutes for any GNU autoconf / automake based app) check out:
On Mon, 2002-09-23 at 21:48, Steve Kowalik wrote:
> At 7:38 pm, Monday, September 23 2002, Matthew Hannigan mumbled:
> > rpm is a superset of tar, so why don't you
> > just convert your tar to rpm?
> No, an rpm is a hacked cpio archive.
> > I think alien will do that .. or most of it.
> > http://kitenet.net/programs/alien/
> Alien can certain go back and forth between a slackware package, a .deb, or
> .rpm, but the latter two require dpkg and rpm installed, respectively.
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