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Wise Package Studio v7.0 Evaluation - Linux Package Editor

Created: 03 Jan 2008 • Updated: 03 Jan 2008
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The Wise arm of Altiris has come up with a pretty slick technology in their "Linux Package Editor". It basically allows one to use a Windows box to create packages for Linux machines. Here's a list of the key features in this handy tool:

  1. Linux Package Editor lets us to use a Windows computer to create packages that install software on Linux computers.
  2. Using an interface that is similar to that in other Wise installation development products, we can easily create Linux packages without having an in-depth knowledge of Linux commands .
  3. With Linux Package Editor, we can either import an RPM file or Linux archive file, or build an RPM from binary application files.Then we can edit the installation and add scripts to provide additional functionality during the RPM installation.
  4. Linux Package Editor does not build or use a spec file or a source RPM, which typically are used to create RPM packages. Instead, you specify source files and installation actions in a Linux project file (.LPR).
  5. When you compile the Linux project, Linux Package Editor creates the RPM file and embeds it into a shell file (.SH), which acts as a "wrapper" to the RPM and contains any additional scripts that you have written.
  6. The functionality of Linux packages is provided by standard Linux commands. Many resources for learning about Linux commands are available on the Internet.

Linux Package Editor supports the following versions of Red Hat Linux:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Linux 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0

For more information, please refer to this support document from Altiris: