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rpmbuild environment CentOS5 vs CentOS6

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On CentOS5 I was used to create a simple spec file where at the end I'll declare files and directories I wan't to package:

%dir /opt/myapp
%dir /opt/myapp/bin
%dir /opt/myapp/etc

I'll copy the file in /usr/src/redhat/SPECS and run "rpmbuild -bb myapp.spec".

On CentOS6 rpm-build package no longer creates the /usr/src/redhat/... directory tree. I followed the CentOS6 Wiki instructions to setup my rpmbuild environment for a regular user.

When I try to build the package on CentOS6 I'm getting this error for every single file and directory:

File not found:


I tried to override buildroot:

rpmbuild -bb --define="buildroot /" myapp.spec
 error: %{buildroot} can not be "/"

As a workaround I can manually create /home/myhome/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/myapp-5.2-1el6.x86_64/ and copy all my file in there but that's a lot of extra work.

Is there a way to get the same functionality on CentOS6 where rpmbuild will collect the files from the main / directory and build the rpm package?

posted Jul 2, 2013 by anonymous

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make sure you have rpmdevtools

yum install rpmdevtools

then run


to setup the ~/rpmbuild tree structure

answer Jul 2, 2013 by anonymous
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