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Re: source RPMs and updating



Craig White wrote:
On Wed, 2009-01-21 at 22:30 -0500, brian wrote:
I've built my own Postfix package from SRPM and have recently
updated it. To do so, I used the newer SRPM and repeated the
process.

But, I'm wondering if, once a package has been built, can it be
updated using a pre-built RPM without losing the specs used to
build the original? Or, will the newer RPM simply override
everything according to how it was built?

Just to clarify, the original built-from-source package was: postfix-2.5.1-1.sasl2.spf.fc8.i386.rpm

I downloaded a newer SRPM, built and installed: postfix-2.5.6-1.sasl2.spf.fc8.i386.rpm

But, could I have simply done:

rpm -Uvh postfix-2.5.6-1.fc8.i386.rpm

... and had rpm take care to install in the same manner as was the
 original SRPM?
---- you asked...

Or, will the newer RPM simply override everything according to how
it was built?

I believe the answer here is yes. If you were to install the
pre-built binaries, the features included are only the ones in the
spec file used by the packager who built it.

What I should have asked, actually, was, is there some flag that I can use when updating that will cause rpm to use the spec that the already-installed package was built with?

Anyway, no biggie. I was just curious.

by the way...Fedora 8 will no longer receive any updates which means
that security updates will bypass you.

It's time to upgrade the whole system.

~sigh~ yeah, that time again.


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