[CentOS] recommended way to install source rpms?

Sun Oct 10 23:36:33 UTC 2010
Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net>

On Sun, 2010-10-10 at 18:58 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> but it's a little high-handed to not
> explain how to do something because you've decided it's not something
> you want *others* to know.

There is very little to explain, if all you want to do is examine the

Install rpmdevtools.  Run rpmdev-setuptree

Pick your favourite mirror.  Navigate to the src directory that you're
interested in, download the src.rpm

rpm -i whatever.src.rpm

Your rpm contents are now in ~/rpmbuild.  Examine away.  The spec is in
~/rpmbuild/SPECS, the source code is in ~/rpmbuild/SOURCES

Compile it with rpmbuild -ba whatever.spec.  Your binary will be in
~/rpmbuild/RPMS and the new src.rpm is in ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS.

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