[Mageia-dev] Trouble building rkhunter RPM

Hoyt Duff hoytduff at gmail.com
Fri Jan 14 06:28:35 CET 2011

I posted this to the general list, but didn't receive any useful
comments so far.

I'm trying to learn a little about packaging and was attempting to
build source and binary packages from a tarball with an embedded .spec
file for rkhunter-1.3.8-1 and maybe submit it to Mageia with
appropriate rkhunter.conf tweaks to remove false positives when I'm done.

Building on Mandriva 2010.2, "rpmbuild -ta" fails with:

Processing files: rkhunter-1.3.8-1
error: File not found:
error: File not found:
error: File not found by glob:
error: File not found by glob:

I contacted the author, who says the rpm will build on Fedora. He
says: "Path error. The .spec file "%define _prefix /usr/local"
and in the %files section "%{_libdir}/%{name}" should pick up
"%_prefix". For some
reason it doesn't but then again I never built RPM's on Mandriva..."

... and gave me a hack to try that fails also with an error he has
never seen before,
error: Package already exists: %package __restore__

The .spec file as provided defines %define _prefix as /usr/local. Yes,
I know that it should be /usr for a Mandriva-specific package, but I'd
like to actually build the package first so I can understand what
needs to be patched to build from the pristine sources on
Madriva/Mageia, not start from scratch - that kind of defeats the
purpose of RPM.

In the %files section "%{_libdir}/%{name}" should pick up "%_prefix"
so as to have a value of /usr/local/lib,
but it does not. As a result, some files don't get created in the proper
directories and the build fails.

What I'm asking is if there is a difference in how Mandrake handles
that substitution versus how Fedora handles that. I installed Fedora
in a VM and the package builds fine on Fedora, but I get the error on
Madriva. I've examined the .spec file and don't see where there is any
obvious problem, so I'm seeking some guidance as to where to look

While I can find lots of (mostly useless) info on RPM building through
Google, I'm not sure where to look for any Mandriva docs for that, so
a suggestion for that would be welcome as well.


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