[Fedora-packaging] Best practices for packaging logfiles

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Sun Jun 22 16:59:57 UTC 2008

I noticed a package in the review queue doing this to manage its

/sbin/chkconfig --add %{name}
touch %{_localstatedir}/log/%{name}
chown sip:sip %{_localstatedir}/log/%{name}

%ghost %attr(0644,sip,sip) %{_localstatedir}/log/%{name}

(the sip user/group are created in %pre).

I was unsure of the difference between this and simply owning the file
in %files; the ownership comes out right, but behavior might differ on
upgrades and there's the issue of rpm -V.  Does %ghost imply something
like %verify(not md5 size mtime)?

That's the best current practice for doing this?

 - J<

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