[Fedora-packaging] Use of dos2unix in %prep

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Wed Jan 14 09:14:17 UTC 2009

Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> While a package was being reviewed, the reviewer picked up on a use of
> the 'dos2unix --keepdate' command:
>   https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=478640
> The guidelines do indeed say not to use dos2unix, because quote "that
> can cause build fail on FC3" (like I care).
>   http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines#Rpmlint_Errors
> But I've used dos2unix before,
I use /usr/bin/dos2unix to avoid build breakdowns should dos2unix be 
moved between packages.

  and it appears that using 'dos2unix
> --keepdate' is a superior solution because it keeps the original
> timestamp, and is generally simpler and more obvious to people reading
> the specfile.
sigh, some people will never understand that keeping timestamps is 
painting bikesheds :(

> So is this guideline for real?
I would label this a "historic wart" of FPG, the FPC should revisit.


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