[Fedora-packaging] file permissions, guidelines, rpmlint

Manuel Wolfshant wolfy at nobugconsulting.ro
Tue Dec 8 11:38:06 UTC 2009

Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 08, 2009 at 12:13:03PM +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>> Le Lun 7 décembre 2009 23:21, John Dennis a écrit :
>>> * Should rpmlint really be emitting warnings and errors for items not in
>>> the guidelines? (not just about file/directory but a number of other
>>> issues which frankly seems dubious). If rpmlint and the guidelines are
>>> divergent then should rpmlint be a recommended tool during package review?
>> rpmlint is very convenient but
>> 1. has been known to emit stupid warnings in the past (for example, during
>> months it failed *any* spec file with UTF-8 inside, when UTF-8 was a Fedora
>> choice, and while FPC had not asked for any filtering)
>> 2. has refused to include checks for some Fedora packaging guidelines (because
>> they were "distro specific" (ie the maintainer disagreed with FPC; today the
>> same checks are performed by Debian's lintian on .debs, but rpmlint still
>> ignores them)
>> I don't think this can resolved unless the rpmlint maintainer agrees to pay
>> more attention to Fedora packaging guidelines. Right now rpmlint is whatever
>> rpmlint maintainer feels is right. It may align or not with our own packaging
>> guidelines.
> If rpmlint upstream doesn't want to implement our guidelines, then either
> we need a new tool, or try to make rpmlint support 'plugins', so that we
> can drop extra Fedora rules into the standard upstream set without needing
> to hack the main source.
One can use custom rules (and fedora does use custom rules) for quite a 

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