On my .spec file I want to pass alias make=gmake -j3, using a bash script I did

alias make="gmake -j3"

how to do in a .spec file?

2 Answers 2


You do not want to add -j3. That is settings just for your machine. You want to add something that will work everywhere:

gmake %{?_smp_mflags}

This macro is by default set to:

%_smp_mflags %( \
    [ -z "$RPM_BUILD_NCPUS" ] \\\
        && RPM_BUILD_NCPUS="`/usr/bin/getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN`"; \\\
    if [ "$RPM_BUILD_NCPUS" -gt 16 ]; then \\\
        echo "-j16"; \\\
    elif [ "$RPM_BUILD_NCPUS" -gt 3 ]; then \\\
        echo "-j$RPM_BUILD_NCPUS"; \\\
    else \\\
        echo "-j3"; \\\
    fi )

I.e. more or less to number of your CPUs. On your machine it can be 3. On my machine it is 8.

See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines#Parallel_make


Solution found using variables

on top of spec

%define installc /opt/freeware/bin/install
%define make /opt/freeware/bin/gmake

on build and install part

%{make} -j3
%{installc} -m644 yasql.conf $RPM_BUILD_ROOT%{_sysconfdir}/yasql.conf

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