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[Bug 513907] NSS debug-info RPM fails to build in Koji

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--- Comment #8 from Elio Maldonado Batiz <emaldona redhat com>  2009-07-27 18:44:00 EDT ---
I can change spec to follow the guidelines but this has nothing to do with the
problem I reported. An email sent to release-engineering automatically created
this bug report. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Gregorovic" <dgregor redhat com>
To: "Elio Maldonado" <emaldona redhat com>
Cc: "David Malcolm" <dmalcolm redhat com>, jorris redhat com,
kengert redhat com, "Scott Haines" <shaines redhat com>, "os-releng-list"
<os-releng-list redhat com>
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:25:06 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: Changed Errata Request [RHBA-2009:8601-02] nss bug fix update

On Mon, 2009-07-20 at 12:16 -0700, Elio Maldonado wrote:
> > 
> > Correcting a prior reply and adding Release Enginnering as this problem seems to be caused by the rpm build tools.
> > 
> > The URL for the latest report is
> > https://errata.devel.redhat.com/rpmdiff/show/39254
> > Clicking on the Symbolic Links brings up 
> > https://errata.devel.redhat.com/rpmdiff/show/39254.?result_id=419473
> > which lists three dangling symbolic links. There are actually fifteen or dangling symbolic links as I was able to verify. Nothing wrong with rpmdiff as it just detects differences with the base for comparison.
> > 
> > Kai and I investigated and found out that even the prior release had this problem with thirty one dangling symbolic links as per his inspection!
> > 
> > I did the same build but on a RHEL-5 system and the problem does not happen there. Of course, the build must be done on a RHEL 4 machine as this is tne intended target but we needed to investigate and rule out differences in the spec file as the cause. The tool doing the copy is /usr/lib/rpm/find-debuginfo.sh. We believe this is a problem with the older older version of the rpm build tools that ships with RHEL-4.  The find-debuginfo.sh doesn't seem to handle well the case where some files are copied twice which me must do in order to replace the softoken that normally comes with the latest NSS with the older softokn that's FIPS certified. If you wish more details Kai will be able to explain his diagnostic more clearly than I can. 
> > 
> > From our investigation we think that the problem is caused by the older version of the RPM build tools in RHEL-4.

To get this fixed, we would need to get a bug filed against the RPM
component and for that bug to get approved.  Given that RHEL 4 is
nearing its end of life and that this issue does not affect most
packages, I think our best course of action is to live with the dangling
symlinks.  However, if the dangling symlinks present too much of a
problem, we can see about getting RPM fixed.

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