On Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:15:52 +0200 (EET)
Panu Matilainen <pmatilai(a)laiskiainen.org> wrote:
On Sun, 28 Nov 2010, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Panu Matilainen wrote:
>> The draft release notes are at http://rpm.org/wiki/Releases/4.9.0
> 1. This change:
> | Packages with no files can now omit the %files section and still
> have | packages generated.
> is going to make it a PITA to conditionalize the building of
> subpackages, and it's going to break several existing KDE specfiles
> very badly (and with no warning!): RPM will silently generate empty
> subpackages where none is wanted.
> More precisely, when we wanted to conditionalize or comment out the
> creation of a subpackage (e.g. in kde-l10n for languages which are
> currently not available), what we did so far was to %if out only
> the %files section for the subpackage, not %package or things like
> %post, and this would reliably omit the subpackage. Now we'll have
> to %if out ALL sections referring to the subpackage: %package to
> prevent the subpackage from being built, and all other sections
> referring to it because they'll error out if the %package is not
This change can be reconsidered.
Wouldn't it be better instead to create a specific directive to disable
unwanted subpackages ?
This would make it clear what the author of the RPMs wants to do w/o
relying on hacks like suppressing the %files section.
Bonus if it checks the suppressed package %files for installed files
that need to be skipped even if "not packaged" so as to not error out.
Simo Sorce * Red Hat, Inc * New York