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Install RPM 4.8.0 on CentOS6

I investigated how default running RPM v4.8.0 [1] is built and installed on CentOS6, because my application [1] needs to support CentOS6. Very old version RPM v4.8.0 is running as a default on CentOS6.

We can use CentOS6 environment, downloading CentOS6 image from DockerHub [3]. This time, I used my extended Docker image based on the CentOS6 image.

Build container's image, and run the built container with interactive mode.

$ git clone https://github.com/junaruga/rpm-py-installer.git
$ sed -i "/^FROM / s|FROM .*|FROM centos:6|" .travis/Dockerfile.centos
$ docker build --rm -t rpm-py-installer -f .travis/Dockerfile.centos .
$ docker run -it rpm-py-installer bash

In container.

# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS release 6.9 (Final)

# gcc --version | head -1
gcc (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-18)

# yum install wget

# mkdir git

# cd git

# wget https://github.com/rpm-software-management/rpm/archive/rpm-4.8.0-release.tar.gz

# cd rpm-rpm-4.8.0-release

Below RPM packages are necessary. I also used minimal configure options to check it.

  • libtool nss-devel nspr-devel: Need to pass ./autogen.sh (autoconf).
  • db4-devel: Berkeley DB
  • zlib-devel: To fix the error "librpmio.so: undefined reference to gzdFdopen" on make.
# yum install libtool nss-devel nspr-devel db4-devel zlib-devel

# ./autogen.sh --noconfigure

# ./configure \
    --prefix=$(pwd)/dest \
    --enable-python \
    --with-external-db \
    --without-lua \
    CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/include/nspr4 -I/usr/include/nss3 -I/usr/include/db4"

# make

# make install

# dest/bin/rpm --version
RPM version 4.8.0

And other important files for me.

# find ./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm -type f
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/__init__.py
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/transaction.py
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/_rpmmodule.so
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/_rpmmodule.la
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/_rpmbmodule.so
./dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/rpm/_rpmbmodule.la

# cat rpm.pc
prefix=/root/git/rpm-rpm-4.8.0-release/dest
exec_prefix=${prefix}
libdir=${exec_prefix}/lib
includedir=${prefix}/include
rpmhome=/root/git/rpm-rpm-4.8.0-release/dest/lib/rpm

Name: RPM
Description: RPM Package Manager
Version: 4.8.0
URL: http://rpm.org
# Requires: 
# Conflicts:
Cflags: -I${includedir}
Libs: -L${libdir} -lrpm -lrpmio
Libs.private: -lpopt -lrt -lpthread   -ldb  -lz -lnss3 

The Python binding module looks working.

# cd dest/lib64/python2.6/site-packages

# /usr/bin/python --version
Python 2.6.6

# /usr/bin/python -c "import rpm; print(rpm.ts)"
<class 'rpm.transaction.TransactionSet'>
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