yum update failed today with....

Jonathan Kamens jik at kamens.us
Wed Apr 25 16:51:49 UTC 2012

On 4/25/2012 12:47 PM, Kamil Paral wrote:
> Isn't it common to also include the directories you want to place files into?
> $ rpm -ql google-chrome-stable | grep /bin
> /usr/bin
> /usr/bin/google-chrome
No. This is not correct packaging.

It is reasonable for an RPM to /require /the presence of the system 
directories it uses as prerequisites before it can be installed, so that 
if the filesystem layout changes in a way that the RPM doesn't expect, 
it will refuse to install (which is correct behavior).

It is /not/ reasonable for an RPM to /include/ shared directories that 
it does not own. Files and directories should only be owned by a single RPM.

On my system, there are only four RPMs (out of 3616) that provide 
/usr/bin: VirtualBox, filesystem, google-earth-stable, and 
google-chrome-stable. It is telling that three of these four RPMs are 
third-party RPMs. Their maintainers are shipping buggy RPMs and they 
should fix them.

This is generally a sign that they were lazy when writing their spec 
files... Instead of constructing the %files section of the spec file 
carefully to include only the files they actually own, they just put "*" 
in the spec file to include the entire contents of the install 
directory. Yuck.


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