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
> 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 there.
This change can be reconsidered.
I use this bit too though I'd rather have an explcit way to kill a
subpackage rather than relying on empty %files