[Fedora-packaging] Can rpmbuild resolve these 4 issues ?

Kamal Ahmed kamal2222ahmed at yahoo.com
Wed May 2 16:24:19 UTC 2012

mock seems better than mach, but they both seem to be good for testing , before publishing RPMs
What i wanted to know if there is a way to AUTO install the dependencies rather than just pointing them out
I could do it in %post.
Now the binaries for the dependencies along with their respective config files with become part of the rpm that i ship.
Any comments ?


> From: Michael Schwendt <mschwendt at gmail.com>
>To: packaging at lists.fedoraproject.org 
>Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:34 PM
>Subject: Re: [Fedora-packaging] Can rpmbuild resolve these 4 issues ?
>On Tue, 1 May 2012 12:21:40 -0700 (PDT), KA (Kamal) wrote:
>> I found these in a article on mach:
>> ref: http://psg.com/~brian/howto/mach.html
>>     1. Given a spec file, rpmbuild won't download the source tarball and/or
>> patches. You have to fetch those yourself into the SOURCES directory.
>>     2. rpmbuild will abort if any build-time dependencies are missing, forcing
>> you to stop what you're doing, and go and build and install those packages too.
>>     3. When your package configures itself, it may auto-detect libraries which
>> are available on your build system, but which are not going to be available
>> on the target system. For example, if openldap-devel is present then
>> openldap may be linked into your binaries, but if the RPM doesn't declare
>> openldap as a dependency, then it will fail to run on the target system.
>> This is an insiduous problem, which I call "the curse of autoconf".
>>     4. You can only build packages for the same type of system as your build
>> machine (e.g. CentOS 4 binaries on a CentOS 4 build system)
>> Is there a way we can use rpmbuild to resolve these issues?
>Take a look at "mock" instead?
>yum -y install mock ; man mock
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