[HEADS-UP] Moving /var/run and /var/lock to tmpfs in Rawhide

James Antill james at fedoraproject.org
Wed Nov 24 22:07:04 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-11-24 at 13:39 -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 03:58:26PM +0100, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> > On Wed, 24.11.10 03:02, Toshio Kuratomi (a.badger at gmail.com) wrote:
> > 
> > > A question I'd have when looking over a proposed packaging guideline would
> > > be: why %ghost the directories?  Why not include the directories as normal
> > > but add the tmpfiles.d step in addition?
> > 
> > Well, because rpm has introduced %ghost for cases like this, and everybody
> > else uses it for that.
> > 
> %ghost is definitely suitable for files but I'm not so sure it's suitable
> for directories.  It certainly leads to more complex spec files to use
> %ghost on the directory for really no gain that I'm aware of.  %ghost does
> %two things with a file:  It tells rpm that it doesn't need to install the
> file.  It tells rpm to not track the contents of the file while still
> tracking the permissions and ownerhsip of the file.

 It's also worth noting that %ghost tells rpm -V that it's ok if the
file/dir. is missing (or changes type) ... which we _don't_ want to

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