[Mailman-Users] Making an RPM

Nigel Metheringham Nigel.Metheringham at dev.InTechnology.co.uk
Mon Aug 4 17:19:28 CEST 2003

On Mon, 2003-08-04 at 15:12, Angel Gabriel wrote:
> I just wanted to find out if this is possible? I want to download the
> latest source code for mailman, compile it, and then turn it into an
> RPM, so that I can install and remove it when neccessary. How would I go
> about doing this?

Theoretically its easy to make an rpm of mailman.
In practice its a package that is hard to package correctly.
It is the *only* software set on my machines that is not built as an
rpm, and several people have been badly burned on trying to upgrade rpm
versions of mailman.

If you do want to make a package then start by looking at the RH SRPM
package and work from there.  I believe their build is not quite right -
at least the one that went out with the RH9 release isn't quite right so
be careful.

Avoid like the plague systems like checkinstall that purport to make
binary packages from preinstalled systems.  They are seriously

[ Nigel Metheringham           Nigel.Metheringham at InTechnology.co.uk ]
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