Hi I need to know how I can convert the sourcecode tar.gz to rpm so that I can install an application that I would prefer to have integrated within my synaptic.
Does anyone know how to do this and are you willing to divulge the information that I need?
You will need to have the dependencies installed, and the files that the building of the package requires ..... usually 'devel' packages from the repository.
You will need to extract the tar.gz to a folder you create ... it can be on the Desktop.
Enter into that folder and find maybe Install instructions or maybe Readme or other file to read.
The general instructions would be to
There are variations on those depending on the instructions you find.
To create the RPM, do not perform the last command -- make install.
Instead you gain root privileges and do
checkinstall (you will of course need that package installed on your system)
That should produce an RPM and tell you where it saved it.
You can then do a test install of that RPM using Kpackage ... be sure to choose the Test Install.
That will tell you if it will install cleanly.
If you get a good result you can install the RPM and try the applicaiton to see if it works.
You should also be able to uninstall it using Synaptic if you wish.
That is the general method I use.
Of course each stage may throw up errors which you will need to hunt down, and when fixed redo the commands to build the RPM.
That is as I recall the procedure. I may have omitted something, or made an error in the above, so please doube check everything.
Hope that helps a little.