Linux

rpm -V and prelinked binaries

I'v been asked this question a few times over the last year or so, so I thought I would explain some of why you might see some issues on a Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux system (or any other Linux distribution that uses prelinked binaries) when trying to track down strange MD5/SHA1 changes to binaries.

By default, and for nearly a decade now, prelink has shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora. What ...

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rq tool now on fedorahosted

So the RPM Query (rq) tool that I inherited as 'srpm' from Stew Benedict back in the day at Mandriva is now on fedorahosted,org. Unfortunately, it's missing history because I had a dickens of a time trying to extract it from my existing svn repo (I got it so just the relevant commits where in there, but the entire history of the other repo came with it which does me no good). You ...

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Learning Python: module import issues

So I've taken it upon myself to learn Python, which is something I've wanted to do for a while. I usually write code in PHP or shellscript, with the odd thing in Perl every once in a while (but I'm not a real big fan of perl and I don't have the desire to dig into it more). A lot of my more sophisticated projects that can't be done in shellscript are usually ...

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Converting new rpm databases to old format

I better post this before I forget about it. One of the issues I had today was getting corp3/x86_64 installed in a chroot with Mandriva 2009.0 as the host. Of course, the db4 version had changed, so I had to take advantage of some conversion tools. urpmi is supposed to do this magically, but it doesn't seem consistent. Anyways, the problem lies with 2009.0's rpm using a newer version of the ...

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No longer a BS virgin

Well, I'm no longer a virgin to the Mandriva build system. I've been using some tools, like iurt, on the secteam buildbox for a while now, but I've not had the need to use repsys or mdvsys. So I started playing with them yesterday. For starters, someone needs to make rpm-build a dependency on repsys... it doesn't work too well without rpm-build (missing macros and such).

Anyways, this morning I lost my virginity ...

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