Re: Building my first RPM

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In regard to: Re: Building my first RPM, Blaxton said (at 4:51am on Feb 24,...:

For now, I am able to create the rpm binary, but need guidance as to how
to know which fileand suffixes should be copied from RPM_BUILD_ROOT to

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "copied from RPM_BUILD_ROOT to
system".  Do you mean "what files should be included in the generated
RPM package"?

In general, if "make install" or its equivalent installs files into
your buildroot, then they should probably be included in the package.
There are certainly exceptions, but if installing the package from source
would install those files, then installing a package from an RPM probably
should too.

For larger packages, the bigger question is often whether files should be
divided into different RPM (sub)packages.  For example, a "-devel" package
that contains header files, the pkg-config files, etc.

easiest way was choosing all files from RPM_BUILD_ROOT/usr/local/bin/*
and /lib/* and /include/* and /share/*

That certainly makes sense.

What is your recommendation to find out the files that need to be copied
in %files section of .spec file ?

It depends on how much you know about the software you're packaging.

I tend to list files individually for small packages, and only use globs
(e.g. %{_includedir}/*.h) for packages that have a large number of files.
Using globs, especially *, can make it so that you don't notice when a
new version of a package starts including additional files.

Globs like that generally don't work very well when you're going to
split files between multiple sub-packages, too.

Even if you can't follow all their recommendations, reading the Fedora
Packaging Guidelines is going to be good for you -- they're well
thought-out, and will bring up some things that you might not have thought
of when you're just starting out packaging.

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