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Re: why do source rpms have "prep" dependencies?



Robert P. J. Day wrote, at 09/09/2007 04:33 PM +9:00:
  i wanted to poke around the mkinird source rpm so i downloaded it
and installed it, and then went to "prep" it via its .spec file:

$ rpmbuild -bp mkinitrd.spec
error: Failed build dependencies:
        parted-devel >= 1.8.5 is needed by mkinitrd-6.0.15-1.fc8.i386
        libdhcp4client-devel is needed by mkinitrd-6.0.15-1.fc8.i386
        libdhcp6client-devel is needed by mkinitrd-6.0.15-1.fc8.i386
        libdhcp-devel >= 1.9 is needed by mkinitrd-6.0.15-1.fc8.i386
        device-mapper-devel is needed by mkinitrd-6.0.15-1.fc8.i386
$

  i'm confused -- why would a source rpm have dependencies for doing a
simple prep?  for actual building perhaps, but doesn't prepping
involve simply unloading the tarball and applying the patches?

try:
rpmbuild -bp --nodeps foo.spec

Regards,
Mamoru Tasaka


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