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       rpmbuild - Build RPM Package(s)


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

       rpmbuild {-ra|-rb|-rp|-rc|-ri|-rl|-rs} [rpmbuild-options] SOURCEPACKAGE ...

       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] [--build-in-place]
        [--noprep] [--noclean] [--nocheck]
        [--target PLATFORM]
        [--with OPTION] [--without OPTION]


       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.  Packages come in two varieties: binary packages, used to encapsulate software 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 used.

              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.

              Enables to debug dependencies generation.

       --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 /var/lib/rpm

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

       The  argument used is -b if a spec file is being used to build the package, -r if a source
       package is to be rebuild 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

       -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 equivalent 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 exists.

       -bs    Build just the source package.

       The following options may also be used:

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

              Remove the build tree after the packages are made.

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

              Do not execute %prep build stage even if present in 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 generate debuginfo packages..

              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  standalone,  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 accidental use.

              Build  from  locally  checked  out  sources.  Sets  _builddir  to  current  working
              directory.  Skips  handling  of  -n and untar in the %setup and the deletion of the

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

       --with OPTION
              Enable configure OPTION for build.

       --without OPTION
              Disable configure OPTION for build.

       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 package are removed.

       These options are noaways superseded by the -r* options which allow more more fine control
       over what stages of the build to run.

       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 manual matches what's available. <URL:>


       Marc Ewing <>
       Jeff Johnson <>
       Erik Troan <>