Maybe you noticed
when searching for RPMs that sometimes you find packages that ends with
".src.rpm". These are Source RPMs, and although it will be a bit more
work to install them, it might, in some cases, be just the ticket if
all the other RPMs you find don't fit your distro-version or
Source RPMs ( SRPMs ) allow you to build a RPM
package tailored to your distro and system. They contain the program's
source code and you need a special rpm command to compile them.
you will need several development packages to be able to customize your
own RPMs: rpm-build, autoconf, automake, spec-helper and rpm-devel ( +
dependencies ) are the main ones.
So, when you have all the needed devel packages, all you have to do is:
rpm --rebuild name_of_package.src.rpm
will build a RPM package suited to your system architecture and
distro-version, after the compile and rebuild is finished you can find
the "name_of_package.rpm" in your "/usr/src/rpm/rpms/<arch>/"
directory. To install that new RPM you use the usual "rpm -ihv" command
. . . <g>