Source Code

A large proportion of source code actually includes a spec file in the source distribution, which means you can compile into an RPM and use software versioning to control the installation.

An RPM package is only as good as the person who created it. All of the intelligence that you saw in RPM earlier in the chapter is controlled by how the RPM is created. Earlier, we talked briefly about spec files and how they are used to control package creation. We will now create an RPM from a small program and show how it all fits together.

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