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"I believe Checkinstall works with RPM and DEB as well.
So it is as easy to create an RPM. Whether it will be a high quality one is up for debate."
It attempts to...
Try it, you will find that their are significant differences in file system layouts of rpm distro's causing all sorts of headaches when it comes to the crunch of actually successfully making & installing an rpm package.
Do you have intimate knowledge of the different symlinks littering the file systems of RH/SuSE/Mandrake ?
Once again we are back geeking around unnecessarily.
In practice the addition & removal of software gradually corrupts the rpm database requiring a wholesale reinstall of the OS at some point. Reminds me way too much of Monopoly$oft where the registry corruption/reinstall dance still exists to this day.
The 2 challenges for FOSS developers - get a MUCH better dependency tool & for God's sakes agree on a standard file system layout !