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          We are active on the RPM mailing list, the autorpm mailing list, and have built a business around RPM as an organizing force. Starting December 1, 2001, we also took the reins as the principal site maintainer for the old (pre December 2006) RPM.

(For the uninitiated, RPM is the 'RPM Package Manager' package, [The "RPM" is a geek recursive naming thing, and not a shorthand for 'Red Hat' as some might think, given the tool's heavy use at Red Hat, and the fact that several of the maintainers of RPM over the years, have been employees of that firm] used to install and maintain Unix, *nix, and perhaps even other legacy Operating System application packages.)


apt vs rpm -- why can't we be friends?

There is some rivalry on the part of some Debian folks, asserting various advantages to apt (the Debian package manager) over rpm. I had occasion to need to add the encrpytion component to
mozilla, and it was a simple as could be:

[root@oldnews apt]# up2date add mozilla-psm

Fetching package list for channel: redhat-linux-i386-8.0...
########################################

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: redhat-linux-i386-8.0...
########################################

Fetching rpm headers...

Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies...
########################################
mozilla-psm-1.0.1-24.i386.r ########################## Done.
mozilla-nss-1.0.1-24.i386.r ########################## Done.
Preparing              ########################################### [100%]

Installing...
   1:mozilla-psm            ########################################### [100%]
   2:mozilla-nss            ########################################### [100%]
The following packages were added to your selection to satisfy dependencies:

Name                                    Version        Release
--------------------------------------------------------------
mozilla-nss                             1.0.1          24

[root@oldnews apt]#
No fuss, no muss; no 'dependency hell,' all done.


NEWS: Myles Dolan <dolanm@logica.com> has built HP 11 depot files for RPM based package maintenance. They are built for HP-UX 11, but we am hopeful to rebuild them in a HP-UX 10.20 environment as well. The sub-webpages describing this are here, and the FTP content is here. Content in the HP subtree are maintained by Myles.

Local efforts include presentations to the local Linux User Group, backporting, snipping 'Hints and Links' crossing the mailing list for extension of this page with an updated FAQ, and participation in the Red Hat private beta tester program for upcoming releases. In the last, we focus on RPM, and well-formed .SPEC files. Also, we focus on 'automatic updates' (both within version, and forward across versions) using the AUTORPM tool.

Other approaches exist: see: autoupdate - which has an FTP site as well. Also see: apt-rpm.


Bugzilla shortcuts

RPM - Only PENDING tickets link
RPM - ALL tickets link
Note: Log into Bugzilla first for best results

Other resources

The RPM FTP site

Bero's Contrib RPMs web site

The FreshRPMs web site

Our mirror of the ftp.rpm.org /pub/rpm/dist/ tree - FTP site

Unofficial Doco - placeholder

Maximum RPM - HTML-ized - gzipped Postscript copy

Donnie Barnes' RPM HowTo

Phil Hunter's presentation outline to the Central OH Linux User Group February 26, 2000, titled: "RPM and Autorpm Upgrade Presentation"

Paul Hostetler's presentation outline to the Central OH Linux User Group March 29, 2000 - titled "COLUG RPM package building .spec-file Presentation" - Postscript


Tips

Jeff Johnson's CVS instructions - from the RPM list


By request tip links ...

Jason L. Buberel's SRPM Building instructions

RUST - RPM GUI package building

Mandrake RPM HOWTO - RPM


Red Hat bugzilla
Connectiva bugzilla
Mandrake RPM
Bero at Red Hat
Bero's daily KDE
Fresh RPMs

Red Hat versioning - Our take on the question: "When is the next release going to issue?"
Red Hat versioning - at http://freshrpms.net/redhat.html
Red Hat versioning - at http://www.smoogespace.com/documents/behind_the_names.html

O' Reilly Linux in a Nutshell, 3rd EditionChapter 5 Red Hat and Debian Package Managers -- pretty weak -- just a man page dump
RH CD image How-to- RH 7.0 level (one CD)
older

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