RPMbuild mystery parameters "--with" and "--without"

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Mon Jan 20 15:01:45 UTC 2014

On 01/20/2014 04:24 PM, Björn Persson wrote:
> Apparently RPMbuild has a pair of parameters "--with" and "--without"
> that can supposedly enable and disable optional features in a package.
> Has anyone seen any documentation that explains how those work and how
> they interact with a spec file?
> I want to be able to easily switch an option between these two states:
> · off by default but can be enabled with "--with"
> · on by default but can be disabled with "--without"
> What's a good way to code that in the spec?

See http://rpm.org/wiki/PackagerDocs/ConditionalBuilds

> According to the Packaging Guidelines we're not supposed to use those
> parameters when building "the source RPM to be submitted", because they
> somehow get "serialized" into the source package. I don't understand
> this, because I don't submit any source packages. The source package
> gets built on a Koji server when I run "fedpkg build", and I don't know
> of a way to pass any options to that process.

I guess you'd be referring to this:

Its a rather complicated way of saying that Fedora packages must have 
their Fedora defaults for with/without set in the spec, ie rebuilding 
the package must not require any command-line switches.

	- Panu -

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