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Re: Package review requested: mock 0.2 and yum-utils 0.2

On Sun, 2005-06-05 at 11:03 +0100, Paul Howarth wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-06-05 at 09:43 +0200, Aurelien Bompard wrote:
> (snip)
> >  - the checks for '[ "$RPM_BUILD_ROOT" == "/" ]' are useless.
> I know this is the "Extras mantra" but why exactly are they useless?
> Clearly it'll make no difference to the Extras buildsystem but if
> someone just downloads the SRPM and then tries building it like this for
> some reason:
> # rpmbuild --rebuild --buildroot / some.src.rpm
> (yes I know that would be a stupid things to do, but people do stupid
> things)

That will only happen if they do that command and do it as root.

IMHO Fedora/RH could reduce/eliminate that problem by not proving
the /usr/src/rpm/BUILD directory - which would cause rpmbuild to exit
rather quickly. rpm's should not be built as root.

A basic .rpmmacros file and build structure in /etc/skel/ would be a
good thing to add to the Fedora rpm-build rpm as well, so that a newbie,
the same kind of newbie who might make above mistake,  and doesn't know
how to set up rpm for user build, won't get a permission denied error
when building their first src.rpm and try it as root.

Another solution would be to patch the %prep script to
execute /bin/false if the buildroot is set to /
Anyway - since (afaik) there isn't a protection in rpm, and even if
there was in Fedora - some people scavenge src.rpm's from distros other
than their own, I don't personally see a problem with a packager taking
that precaution in the spec file.

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