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A segment of the `.spec` file that tells RPM how to perform some portion of the package construction process. Many, but not all, sections contain code that is simply passed to the shell, though RPM has significant flexibility around this that is outside of the scope of this document.
section header
A short string, starting with `%` at the beginning of a line, which introduces a section. Examples include `%description`, `%prep` and `%files`.
A short string, always prefixed by `%` and generally surrounded by curly brackets `{}` which RPM converts to a different and usually longer string. Some macros can take arguments and some arguments are quite complex. Some macros are provided by RPM, some are part of https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/redhat-rpm-config[redhat-rpm-config] and https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/fedora-rpm-macros[fedora-rpm-macros] packages, but many other packages also provide macros. You can run `rpm --showrc` to view all of the macros currently available on your system, but you do not need to run most of the macros you see there.
For a full list of guidelines related to macros, see https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/packaging-guidelines/RPMMacros/[Macros] in the Packaging Guidelines.
A system for building RPMs locally within your own Fedora installation. This avoids the need to install a full set of build dependencies on your operating system installation, and allows you to build packages for different Fedora releases.
The main Fedora build system: https://koji.fedoraproject.org[1].