There are times that I strongly believe that the developers of software that aims to be included in a Linux distribution and also the packagers of that software should make sure that a command-line only application does not require the presence of a graphical application in order to run. By not doing so they cause [...]
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RPM and DEB packages are both containers for other files. An RPM is some sort of cpio archive. On the other hand, a DEB file is a pure ar archive. So, it should be possible to unpack their contents using standard archiving tools, regardless of your distribution’s package format. Under normal conditions, you should use [...]
I started packaging linux software for my Fedora machines from the time I was using Fedora Rawhide (development version) as my primary system. There is no repository that is synced with Rawhide, so there was a huge amount of software I had to compile (mostly multimedia related). This is a very time-consuming task, so I [...]
These are some general guidelines and notes in order to assist the adventurous first-time Fedora user to get started with RPM package building on Fedora Core.