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RPMBUILD(8)		    System Manager's Manual		   RPMBUILD(8)

       rpmbuild - Build RPM Package(s)

       rpmbuild {-ba|-bb|-bp|-bc|-bi|-bl|-bs} [rpmbuild-options] SPECFILE ...

       rpmbuild {-ta|-tb|-tp|-tc|-ti|-tl|-ts} [rpmbuild-options] TARBALL ...

       rpmbuild {--rebuild|--recompile} SOURCEPKG ...

       rpmbuild --showrc

	[--buildroot DIRECTORY] [--clean] [--nobuild]
	[--rmsource] [--rmspec] [--short-circuit]
	[--noclean] [--nocheck]
	[--target PLATFORM]

       rpmbuild	 is used to build both binary and source software packages.  A
       package consists of an archive of files and meta-data used  to  install
       and  erase  the	archive	 files. The meta-data includes helper scripts,
       file attributes, and descriptive information about the package.	 Pack-
       ages  come in two varieties: binary packages, used to encapsulate soft-
       ware to be installed, and source packages, containing the  source  code
       and recipe necessary to produce binary packages.

       One of the following basic modes must be selected: Build Package, Build
       Package from Tarball, Recompile Package, Show Configuration.

       These options can be used in all the different modes.

       -?, --help
	      Print a longer usage message then normal.

	      Print a single line containing the version number of  rpm	 being

	      Print  as little as possible - normally only error messages will
	      be displayed.

       -v     Print verbose information - normally routine  progress  messages
	      will be displayed.

       -vv    Print lots of ugly debugging information.

       --rcfile FILELIST
	      Each  of	the  files  in	the  colon  separated FILELIST is read
	      sequentially by rpm for  configuration  information.   Only  the
	      first  file  in the list must exist, and tildes will be expanded
	      to   the	 value	 of   $HOME.	The   default	FILELIST    is

       --pipe CMD
	      Pipes the output of rpm to the command CMD.

       --dbpath DIRECTORY
	      Use the database in  DIRECTORY  rather  than  the	 default  path

       --root DIRECTORY
	      Use the file system tree rooted at DIRECTORY for all operations.
	      Note that this means the database within DIRECTORY will be  used
	      for  dependency  checks  and  any	 scriptlet(s)  (e.g.  %post if
	      installing, or %prep if building, a package) will be run after a
	      chroot(2) to DIRECTORY.

       -D, --define='MACRO EXPR'
	      Defines MACRO with value EXPR.

       The general form of an rpm build command is

       rpmbuild -bSTAGE|-tSTAGE [      rpmbuild-options
	] FILE ...

       The argument used is -b if a spec file is being used to build the pack-
       age and -t if rpmbuild should look inside of  a	(possibly  compressed)
       tar  file  for the spec file to use. After the first argument, the next
       character (STAGE) specifies the stages of building and packaging to  be
       done and is one of:

       -ba    Build binary and source packages (after doing the %prep, %build,
	      and %install stages).

       -bb    Build a binary package  (after  doing  the  %prep,  %build,  and
	      %install stages).

       -bp    Executes	the  "%prep"  stage  from the spec file. Normally this
	      involves unpacking the sources and applying any patches.

       -bc    Do the "%build" stage from the spec file (after doing the	 %prep
	      stage).  This generally involves the equivalent of a "make".

       -bi    Do  the  "%install"  stage  from	the spec file (after doing the
	      %prep and %build stages).	 This generally involves  the  equiva-
	      lent of a "make install".

       -bl    Do  a  "list check".  The "%files" section from the spec file is
	      macro expanded, and checks are made to  verify  that  each  file

       -bs    Build just the source package.

       The following options may also be used:

       --buildroot DIRECTORY
	      When  building a package, override the BuildRoot tag with direc-
	      tory DIRECTORY.

	      Remove the build tree after the packages are made.

	      Do not execute any build stages. Useful  for  testing  out  spec

	      Do not execute %clean build stage even if present in spec.

	      Do not execute %check build stage even if present in spec.

	      Do not verify build dependencies.

	      Remove the sources after the build (may also be used standalone,
	      e.g. "rpmbuild --rmsource foo.spec").

	      Remove the spec file after the build (may also  be  used	stand-
	      alone, eg. "rpmbuild --rmspec foo.spec").

	      Skip  straight to specified stage (i.e., skip all stages leading
	      up to the specified stage).  Only valid with -bc, -bi, and  -bb.
	      Useful  for local testing only.  Packages built this way will be
	      marked with an unsatisfiable dependency to prevent  their	 acci-
	      dental use.

       --target PLATFORM
	      When  building the package, interpret PLATFORM as arch-vendor-os
	      and set  the  macros  %_target,  %_target_cpu,  and  %_target_os

       There are two other ways to invoke building with rpm:

       rpmbuild --rebuild|--recompile SOURCEPKG ...

       When  invoked this way, rpmbuild installs the named source package, and
       does a prep, compile and install.  In addition, --rebuild builds a  new
       binary  package.	 When  the build has completed, the build directory is
       removed (as in --clean) and the the sources and spec file for the pack-
       age are removed.

       The command

       rpmbuild --showrc

       shows the values rpmbuild will use for all of the options are currently
       set in rpmrc and macros configuration file(s).

   rpmrc Configuration

   Macro Configuration



       rpmbuild --help - as rpm supports  customizing  the  options  via  popt
       aliases	it's impossible to guarantee that what's described in the man-
       ual matches what's available.

       http://www.rpm.org/ <URL:http://www.rpm.org/>

       Marc Ewing <marc@redhat.com>
       Jeff Johnson <jbj@redhat.com>
       Erik Troan <ewt@redhat.com>

Red Hat, Inc.			 09 June 2002			   RPMBUILD(8)