[Rd] rhel5 rpm spec mods

Ben Walton bwalton at artsci.utoronto.ca
Tue Apr 17 17:16:08 CEST 2007

The only changes I've made (taken from the fc6.src.rpm) are in the
initial detection of which linux/rpm-based distro it's being built on.
This allows detection of gcc version, pdfviewer, etc.  These changes are
all similar to what happens in the fc line of detection, but weren't
being done for rhel.

Without modification, rpmbuild was looking for XFree86-devel and gcc-g77
which aren't valid packages in rhel5 (haven't looked at 4 as rpms were
already built for that).

I am aware of fedora extras but haven't gotten to the point of using
them in rhel (we do in our fc installs).  Personally, I'd prefer to stay
away from the fc rpm trees when possible as (being a devel distro)
versions can change wildly and bugs are more likely to crop up in
packaging, etc (we've been bitten in the past).  I'm moving away from fc
for production machines for this reason.  I prefer fewer surprises in
production machines when possible.

I'll discuss the required(1) changes with Martyn and submit them if he's


(1) assuming that they are required and I'm not missing the obvious.
Ben Walton
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