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pkgbuild is a tool for building Solaris SVr4 or IPS packages from RPM-like spec files. It is intended to be a plug-in replacement of the rpmbuild command. Most spec file elements are implemented plus a few more. The differences from real rpm spec files are summarised in the Manual It's implemented as a set of perl scripts and modules.
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2013-05-16 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.105. See the download page for details.

2012-02-15 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.104. I received several emails asking if pkgbuild is still an active project or whether it was abandoned. I'm happy to report that a long-awaited and much delayed new version is now available. Check out all the great new features and bug fixes on the download page.

2010-07-19 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.103. Quick follow-up release to fix an annoying typo in spectool and other bug. A few new features, too. See the download page for details.

2010-06-06 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.102. IPS actions, tags, actuators, automatic update of incorporations. See the download page for details.

2009-09-01 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.101. This release introduces IPS source packages. See the download page for details.

2009-04-22 New bugfix release: pkgbuild 1.3.98.4. This release fixes a single bug that affects people running pkg(5) from the /dev IPS repository. See the download page for details.

2009-04-17 New bugfix release: pkgbuild 1.3.98.3. See the download page for details.

2009-02-22 New release: pkgbuild 1.3.98. Includes decent IPS support and no longer experimental. See the download page for details.

2008-09-18 New bugfix releases: pkgbuild 1.3.3 and 1.3.91. Please upgrade from 1.3.0 and 1.3.1 to fix an ugly bug in handling %attr().

2008-09-08 New releases: pkgbuild 1.3.2 and 1.3.90 (development release with experimental IPS support).

2008-06-23 New bugfix release: pkgbuild 1.3.1. Get it from the download page

2008-05-05 SFE-devel mailing list - a new mailing was launched today for people contributing to the SFE spec file repository.

2008-04-07 The pkgbuild wiki is now live on sourceforge.net. Please follow the link in the sidebar.

2008-03-12 After almost 1 year, version 1.3.0 is released. Lots of nice new features and bug fixes. See the download page for details.

2008-02-06 pkgbuild irc channel: on freenode.net, channel #pkgbuild. Feel free to come and ask questions if you need help using pkgbuild.

2007-04-01 Version 1.2.0 released. Click here to download.

2006-10-01 Announcing the pkgbuild-announce list. Subscribe if you wish to be notified when a new pkgbuild version if released.

2007-04-01 Version 1.2.0 released. Click here to download.

2006-10-01 Announcing the pkgbuild-announce list. Subscribe if you wish to be notified when a new pkgbuild version if released.

2006-10-01 Version 1.1.1 released. Click here to download.

2006-07-27 The SFE spec file repository was created. It is a repository of 100+ pkgbuild spec files for various open source projects. These spec files are optimised for the Sun Studio compilers and the Solaris Nevada (or Solaris 11) release.

2005-12-09 Version 1.0.1 released. Click here to download.

2005-11-12 The RPM Guide was released under OPL.

2005-10-28 OpenSolaris Desktop sources released.

JDS uses pkgbuild for building the binary packages.

2005-10-04 Version 1.0.0 is available for download.
Wow, 1.0.0... Well, not as if it was complete or finished, but because it's slightly incompatible with the 0.9.x series so I had to bump the major version number. For details of the incompatible changes see the download page

2005-08-23 Eric Boutilier blogs about pkgbuild.
2005-06-29 Version 0.9.1 is available for download.
Includes some minor fixes and implements   %if expression.
2005-01-18 The first public release, version 0.9.0 is available for download from sourceforge.net
    Last Updated: laszlo.peter _at_ gmail.com 2012-05-16