Tim wrote: > On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 15:13 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote: >> OK. The book Maximum RPM does not even mention rpmbuild. For this >> function I think the early work was done with amanda. I expect most of >> rpmbuild is in amanda but not easy to check. > > What does drive backup software (amanda) have to do with RPM? > Offhand, I would say he completely missed where rpmbuild came from. Given when the book was written, I suspect that the functions of rpm and rpmbuild were still combined in the rpm program. I don't remember for sure, but I think that librpm was split off of the original rpm program... I do know that rpm was ported to other operating systems. Maybe someone can fill in the dates? rpm - both package management and package building functions rpmbuild split off from rpm - rpm still accepts build options for backwards compatibility, but calls rpmbuild to do the work. rpm no longer recognizes the build options. You could consider the rpm executable to be a CLI front end for librpm. I have not checked, but I would think that yum uses Python bindings to librpm, rather then running rpm itself. Both rpm and buildrpm are normally are dynamically linked to librpm, though you may find a statically linked version on install and rescue CDs. (Handy if you manage to break rpm, and need to re-install packages.) Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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