How can I see a list of flags/options used to configure and compile a certain package in yum, without having to install it first? Say apache, for example.

$ yum list available httpd
    Available Packages
    httpd.x86_64           2.2.15-15.el6.centos.1          base

I'm running CentOS 6.3.


I followed @jsbillings answer, but first I had to add the CentOS Source repository, as it doesn't seem to be included by default.

Added the following to /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

name=CentOS-$releasever - Base - Source
  • It may be worth mentioning that if you keep your version of CentOS up to date with the current major version, you may wish to run: yum-config-manager --add-repo http://vault.centos.org/centos/6/os/Source – FCTW Oct 22 '16 at 19:51

You'll have to grab the package's source RPM. For example, with apache httpd:

yumdownloader --source httpd

You can extract just the spec file from the source rpm with:

rpm2cpio httpd-version.src.rpm | cpio -i httpd.spec

Then, search for the %build section in the RPM spec file.

Sadly, CentOS doesn't appear to keep their spec files in any kind of public repository that I can find on their web site. You'll have to use the above steps to determine how the package is built.

edit: CentOS publishes their specs in Git, so my earlier answer isn’t true now. Here is the httpd spec file:



I think the place to look is the src package, at the spec file should be a section where the configure command is specified. But I don't know if you could do it without installing it.

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