[Mageia-dev] Importing RPM Spec File Syntax

Remy CLOUARD shikamaru at mandriva.org
Sat Jan 15 11:08:27 CET 2011

Hi there,

I just imported the RPM Spec File Syntax page in the wiki.

It’s located here: http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=spec_syntax

Please review this page as it’s one of the most important one for the
beginning of the mentoring process, with the RPM Howto page (yet to be

Some comments on this page:
- Patch naming:

I’m not sure we should go that far for the patch naming policy, and in
practice it’s not what I’ve seen up till now.

Here’s a proposal:
Patches must be named in a very explicit manner to make it very clear to
what version it was originally applied. To that end, a patch needs to
follow the convention of

  * [package_name] is the name of the package it applies against, such
  as 'shadow-utils' or 'gnupg'
  * [version] is the version of the program this patch was developed
  against, such as 1.0. The name of the patch should not change, even
  when it is rediffed, because the version allow to see in a blink since
  when this patch has been there. If you happen to see a patch that does
  not apply anymore, and rediff it, ask the package maintainer if it has
  been sent upstream, and why it hasn’t been merged, and send it
  upstream if you think it should be merged.
  * [description] is a short description of the patch's purpose.

Example: foo-1.0-fix-str-fmt.patch for a patch that fixes string format

- Buildroot changed from the original page

After reviewing it again, I see that some links have to be made to the
corresponding pages, and an explicit license should be mentionned as

Thanks for reviewing this page,

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