[Fedora-packaging] .gz suffix of compressed man pages in spec files

Martin Gieseking martin.gieseking at uos.de
Sun Oct 18 20:44:22 UTC 2009

Am 18.10.2009 18:21, schrieb Tom Lane:
> Ralf Corsepius<rc040203 at freenet.de>  writes:
>> On 10/18/2009 05:09 PM, Chuck Anderson wrote:
>>> IMO, * should be used so that if/when we change to bzip2 or xz or
>>> some other compression method you won't have to update spec files.
>> Agreed. *.specs which use *.gz will break, should Fedora switch to a
>> different compression.
>> ... other distros did so many years, ago.
> I remember being told that the specfile should be agnostic as to whether
> manpage compression is used at all, let alone what kind it is.
> "*" accomplishes that (and ".*" doesn't, so it's still easy to get it
> wrong).  If this isn't spelled out in the guidelines, it probably should
> be, because sooner or later a specfile that uses ".gz" is going to
> break.

Thank you all for the clarification and for confirming my initial 
thought. I agree that it would be helpful to add a note on the 
recommended man patterns to the guidelines.


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