3.15. Rebuilding a binary RPM from a source RPM

The following procedure shows how to rebuild a binary RPM from a source RPM (SRPM).


  • To rebuild bello, pello, and cello from their SRPMs, run:

    $ rpmbuild --rebuild ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/bello-0.1-1.el8.src.rpm
    [output truncated]
    $ rpmbuild --rebuild ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/pello-0.1.2-1.el8.src.rpm
    [output truncated]
    $ rpmbuild --rebuild ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/cello-1.0-1.el8.src.rpm
    [output truncated]

Invoking rpmbuild --rebuild involves:

  • Installing the contents of the SRPM - the SPEC file and the source code - into the ~/rpmbuild/ directory.
  • Building using the installed contents.
  • Removing the SPEC file and the source code.

To retain the SPEC file and the source code after building, you can:

  • When building, use the rpmbuild command with the --recompile option instead of the --rebuild option.
  • Install the SRPMs using these commands:

    $ rpm -Uvh ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/bello-0.1-1.el8.src.rpm
    Updating / installing…​
       1:bello-0.1-1.el8               [100%]
    $ rpm -Uvh ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/pello-0.1.2-1.el8.src.rpm
    Updating / installing…​
    …​1:pello-0.1.2-1.el8              [100%]
    $ rpm -Uvh ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/cello-1.0-1.el8.src.rpm
    Updating / installing…​
    …​1:cello-1.0-1.el8            [100%]

The output generated when creating a binary RPM is verbose, which is helpful for debugging. The output varies for different examples and corresponds to their SPEC files.

The resulting binary RPMs are in the ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/YOURARCH directory where YOURARCH is your architecture or in the ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/ directory, if the package is not architecture-specific.