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Re: [FC4] Thunderbird-1.5 rpm?



On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 14:07 -0500, M. Lewis wrote:
> Stuart Sears wrote:
> > On Thursday 02 March 2006 01:00, M. Lewis decided we wanted to hear the 
> > following:
> >> Thanks Taharka. Had I ever created an rpm, that would probably be a good
> >> solution. Unfortunately I haven't and I didn't see any instructions
> >> there for doing so. If you have a pointer to some instructions that
> >> would be helpful.
> > the instructions are at (nearly) the same location as the rpm...
> > http://www.fedoranews.org/tchung/thunderbird/
> > including the source files you need to create your rpm.
> > 
> > but in brief...
> > This all applies to a user called 'stuart'. You'll need to adjust it for a 
> > *non-privileged* user on your system. Do NOT build rpms as the 'root' user.
> > you can also use a directory name other than REDHAT. that's just what I tend 
> > to use. The other directory names (SPECS etc) are not customisable without a 
> > greate deal of messing about.
> > 
> > 1. create a file in your home directory called .rpmmacros
> > it should contain:
> > %_topdir /home/stuart/REDHAT
> > 
> > 2. now create a basic build tree
> > mkdir -p /home/stuart/REDHAT/{RPMS,SRPMS,SOURCES,BUILD,SPECS}
> > 
> > 3. put everything in place:
> > put  the thunderbird.spec file into /home/stuart/REDHAT/SPECS
> > cp the 3 source files thunderbird-1.5.tar.gz, thunderbird.png and 
> > thunderbird.desktop into /home/stuart/REDHAT/SOURCES
> > 
> > 4. now use the thunderbird.spec file to build the rpm:
> > rpmbuild -bb /home/stuart/REDHAT/SPECS/thunderbird.spec
> > 
> > which, if all goes well, should create loads of output and then eventually 
> > write the file
> > /home/stuart/REDHAT/RPMS/i386/thunderbird-1.5-1.i386.rpm
> > 
> > ps setting up the build environment as in steps 1 and 2 above can also be done 
> > by using yum to install a development-specific rpm.
> > yum install fedora-rpmdevtools
> > and then fedora-buildrpmtree
> > I've just always done this manually...
> > Regards
> > 
> > Stuart
> > 
> 
> Very cool. Thanks Stuart. One question, why do not build the rpm as the 
> root user?

Mainly for protection against poorly-written specfiles and Makefiles,
which could end up clobbering bits of your system if you build packages
as root. By building packages as a regular user, you won't be
overwriting any files that you don't have write permission for. It's
even worth considering creating a separate account just for
package-building.

Paul.


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