/usr/share/applications weird error on koji

Nikos Roussos nikos at autoverse.net
Mon Mar 19 13:32:49 UTC 2012

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Alec Leamas <leamas.alec at gmail.com> wrote:

>  On 03/19/2012 12:50 PM, Nikos Roussos wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to build a package. It's an update on SparkleShare<https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/search/sparkleshare>package. I build it locally with mock and everything seems ok. Package is
> built successfully. But when I try to build it on koji I get an error and
> build fails on both f16 f17 targets:
> "The databases in [/usr/share/applications] could not be updated."
> which I think has something to do with the desktop-file-validate on
> %install phase
> See the relevant koji task and build log for more:
> http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/taskinfo?taskID=3908835
> Any help appreciated
> --
> Nikos Roussos <http://autoverse.net>
>  From the log, it looks  like it fails in 'install-data-hook'. If so, the
> culprit might be some Makefile.am. Have upstream updated a Makefile.am to
> include 'desktop-file-install', failing when not making a "real" install
> int /usr?
> If this is right, you should be able to verify that the %install hasn't
> really begun when the error is triggered. If unsure, put some simple 'echo'
> statement in top of %install to verify that it hasn't been started.
> If this doesn't help, scanning the generated Makefiles for
> 'desktop-file-install' and/or  '/usr/share/applications' might give  a clue

Actually there is an:

        update-desktop-database $(datadir)/applications

which seems to be the exact point that installation fails
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