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

Alexander Bokovoy abokovoy at redhat.com
Mon Jan 20 18:45:26 UTC 2014

On Mon, 20 Jan 2014, Panu Matilainen wrote:
>On 01/20/2014 07:31 PM, Alek Paunov wrote:
>>On 20.01.2014 16:24, Björn Persson wrote:
>>>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.
>>IMHO, an example of reasonable usage of this RPM facility in the current
>>context is the samba.spec:
>>It defines --with testsuite, which is not supposed for real binary
>>packages production. Instead, it builds the full Samba (with the AD bits
>>enabled) and performs the whole testsuite on top of the test build.
>The samba.spec is a bit convoluted for a simple example of the bcond 
>usage as it has a zillion other unrelated but confusingly similar 
>self-defined _with_foo macros and conditions based on them.
samba.spec wasn't designed with bcond in mind at all. Naming of the
defines is just logical. :).

/ Alexander Bokovoy

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