[Fedora-packaging] proper way to install emacs lisp add-ons?

Jose Pedro Oliveira jpo at lsd.di.uminho.pt
Tue Jun 6 00:10:13 UTC 2006

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Zing wrote:
> I'm looking into packaging gtypist, which has an emacs add-on:
> gtypist-mode.{el,elc}
> I'd like to just put %{_datadir}/emacs/site-lisp/* in %files and be done
> with it but this seems to go in direct opposition to the following:
> ================================================================
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/ReviewGuidelines
> MUST: A package must own all directories that it creates. If it does not
> create a directory that it uses, then it should require a package which
> does create that directory. The exception to this are directories listed
> explicitly in the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard ([WWW]
> http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html), as it is safe to assume
> that those directories exist. 
> MUST: Packages must not own files or directories already owned by other
> packages. The rule of thumb here is that the first package to be installed
> should own the files or directories that other packages may rely upon.
> This means, for example, that no package in Fedora should ever share
> ownership with any of the files or directories owned by the filesystem or
> man package. If you feel that you have a good reason to own a file or
> directory that another package owns, then please present that at package
> review time.
> =================================================================
> So I can (in my personal ascending in preference):
> 1. Require: emacs (this doesn't seem reasonable for people who
> don't use emacs since the lisp add-ons are usually optional)
> 2. do something like cscope and use triggers (just say no to triggers).
> 3. create a sub-package just for the emacs lisp add-on. (seems cleanest,
> but is there a naming guideline for this situation? What would the name
> be? Is this worth the effort?)
> or... 4. Can I just go ahead with %{_datadir}/emacs/site-lisp/*? :)

Use triggers and ghost the emacs/xemacs directories. For an example see
the fedora-rpmdevtools specfile.

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