[Mageia-discuss] Trying to learn a little about packaging

Hoyt Duff hoytduff at gmail.com
Sat Jan 15 03:33:56 CET 2011

On 1/14/11, Michael Scherer <misc at zarb.org> wrote:
> Le vendredi 14 janvier 2011 à 00:18 -0500, Hoyt Duff a écrit :
>> 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",
>> but it does not. As a result, some files don't get created in two
>> 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
>> deeper.
> That's quite simple.
> On fedora :
> ~ $ rpm --showrc | grep -i ' _libdir'
> -14: _libdir	%{_prefix}/lib
> On mandriva :
> $ rpm --showrc | grep -i ' _libdir'
> -14: _libdir	/usr/lib
> Mandriva hardcode the use of /usr/ in the rpm macros file, while Fedora
> doesn't, letting people override %_prefix.

Thanks, Michael. I can make those adjustments and will forward that
info to the package maintainer.


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