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Re: Project "RPM Spec file creation guidelines"

From: Anders F Björklund <afb@rpm5.org>
Date: Mon 29 Dec 2008 - 10:33:49 CET
Message-Id: <CC1419F2-A14B-4EA2-92CA-44917C1A9D36@rpm5.org>
Eric MSP Veith wrote:

> On Thursday 25 December 2008, Jeff Johnson <n3npq@mac.com> wrote:
>> Creating "good, nice-looking spec files" is hardly related to
>> the primary goal for package management which is
>> 	Delivering content to user file systems reliably.
>
> I was refering to Anders' comment:
>
>> There is a dire need for an updated book on RPM Packaging, something
>> that seems to happen every 5 years or so. (e.g. Max RPM and RPM  
>> Guide)
>>
>> But if you have ideas, do bring them up here or on the rpm-devel  
>> list -
>> maybe they would be useful for everyone and could be included  
>> upstream ?
>
> I just thought that there's a need for RPM packaging documentation,  
> for a
> collection of "best practice" guidelines. If rpm5.org and the RPM  
> ML is the
> wrong place for this, I'll just post them somewhere else. :-)


The immediate context was the addition* of a "%{__makeinstall}" macro
instead of using "%{__make} install". Added a %{__fakeroot}, I believe.

* http://rpm5.org/community/rpm-users/0265.html

But it did seem that RPM 5.0 packaging could need some documentation,
instead of keeping up with the various vendor dialects of RPM 4.4... ?

--anders
Received on Mon Dec 29 10:33:52 2008
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