/usr/share/applications weird error on koji
leamas.alec at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 14:44:25 UTC 2012
On 03/19/2012 02:32 PM, Nikos Roussos wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Alec Leamas <leamas.alec at gmail.com
> <mailto:leamas.alec at gmail.com>> wrote:
> On 03/19/2012 12:50 PM, Nikos Roussos wrote:
>> I'm trying to build a package. It's an update on 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:
>> 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
You must patch that, it will try to update /usr/share/applications when
building the rpm which of course isn't acceptable.
For Fedora, you could just remove the target and run automake; autoconf;
./configure, given that you run update-desktop-database as part of %install.
However, this should really be resolved together with upstream. If they
want to keep the functionality, one could possibly:
- Move it from install-data-hook to a separate target such as
'install-desktop' and let users run this as part of installation into
- Only run update-desktop-database if $(datadir)/applications is writeable:
Personally, I would prefer the first one. To mess with
/usr/share/applications when DESTDIR is set is not really the way 'make
install' is supposed to work. And updating
$(DESTDIR)/$(datadir)/applications just doesn't make sense.
But I'm just a newbie, maybe someone else has a better piece of advice here?
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