I finally got tired of build RPMs in a VM. Its ridiculously slow because its done on a shared Windows partition. I started looking around to see if it was possible, all indications where that it hasn't really been done... I found a few Java libraries that allows you to manipulate RPM files but using them would require writing a maven plugin before I can get anything done... Have a look at http://jrpm.sourceforge.net/ and http://redline-rpm.org/ to see what if they're useful for you...

<!-- more -->Using maven I've configured the Maven RPM plugin (see http://mojo.codehaus.org/rpm-maven-plugin/) to generate an RPM from my project. I'll include the POM section for that in a while. To get started however you need Cygwin installed...

Visit http://cygwin.com/ , download and install setup.exe. On the screen which asks you to select packages to be installed search for "RPM"

Install the three packages as shown above in the screenshot, rpm,rpmbuild and optionally rpm-doc. Also ensure the packages libintl2 and sed are selected for installation.

If you already have Cygwin installed then just re-run setup.exe and add the packages above as necessary.

The next thing to do is identify your cygwin bin directory. For example, I installed Cygwin in "C:\bin\cygwinSo my  cygwin bin directory is "C:\bin\cygwin\bin".

Add this directory to the system path. (Start -> Right click "Computer" ->Properties -> Advanced System settings -> Environment variables and under "System paths", append the directory to the "Path" variable.)

In that folder create a file called rpmbuild.bat and add the following contents to that file:


REM Update buildroot path
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%i in ('cygpath %3') do SET NEW_BUILDROOT=%%i

REM Update topdir path
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%i in ('cygpath "%TOPDIR%"') do SET NEW_TOPDIR=%%i

REM Replace path in spec-file

REM Original sed command
REM sed -s -i -e s/%OLD_PATH%\\/%NEW_PATH%\//g %8

REM replace \ with / i.e. escape \\ replace with escape \/
sed -s -i -e s/\\/\//g %8

REM Execute rpmbuild

bash -c "rpmbuild %1 %2 %NEW_BUILDROOT% %4 ""_topdir %NEW_TOPDIR%"" %6 "%7" --define ""_build_name_fmt %%{ARCH}/%%{NAME}-%%{VERSION}-%%{RELEASE}.%%{ARCH}.rpm"" %8"


NOTE: I didn't write it, I found it when I ran into issues trying to get my RPM setup to work see https://jira.codehaus.org/browse/MRPM-4 for the original source. The above script replaces backslashes in the spec file generated with Windows paths. It then executes the "real rpmbuild" using Cygwin's bash (to provide a linuxish environment)...

This executes fairly quickly and writes the RPM as expected.