On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM, Noah Campbell <noahca...@gmail.com
> I have a makefile and an rpm spec files that I'd like to generate on behalf of the user provide some very simple input, i.e. a name, etc.
> Think of it as a quick way to generate the necessary scaffolding to build and package a project. I think autoconf does this, but I'm not experienced with that tool chain and I'm looking for a few pointers on how to start.
Apologies that this is built on Debian packages and you're after RPMs
but your problem seems so similar that it gave me the final push to
open-source Debra: https://github.com/devstructure/debra
I use debra-makefile(1) (along with manskeleton(1) from
but that's tangential) when
starting any new project and the generated Makefile to build Debian
packages far more easily than with dpkg-deb(1) alone.
GNU autoconf alone leaves you with source packages, which can be the
right way to go but proper packages give tools like Puppet the ability
to only install/upgrade what is actually missing/out-of-date.
Part of the motivation for building this tool was to attempt to
standardize on our system's package management, avoiding RubyGems and
the like wherever possible. If it doesn't help you directly, I hope
you can steal anything that's useful.