[Fedora-packaging] unwanted directory removal during rpm build

Mattias Ellert mattias.ellert at fysast.uu.se
Tue Sep 1 07:20:42 UTC 2009

mån 2009-08-31 klockan 23:07 -0700 skrev Scott Frankel:
> Hello,
> I'm new to rpm package development and just joined this list.  I'm  
> trying to create an rpm, but working subdirs of BUILDROOT are getting  
> deleted between %build and %install.  This causes subsequent copy  
> operations to fail and rpmbuild to error out with a bad exit status.   
> The `rm -rf` that removes the working dir is not coming from any  
> explicit statement in my spec file.
> I'm copying pertinent lines from shell output, the spec file, and  
> system configuration below.  I'm hopeful someone can suggest a work- 
> around.
> Thanks in advance!
> Scott

> The spec file has this %build section (in its entirety), followed by  
> the first of the failed copies.  Note that these are contiguous lines  
> of specfile code between %build and %install.
> [ ... ]
> 	%build
> 	rm -rf $RPM_BUILD_ROOT
> 	mkdir $RPM_BUILD_ROOT
> 	mkdir $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt
> 	mkdir $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt/foo
> 	%install
> 	cp -r schema $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt/foo
> [ ... ]

The %build section must not create files or directories in the
$RPM_BUILD_ROOT. That must only be done in the %install section.

The Fedora packaging guidelines says that the first command in the
%install section must be "rm -rf $RPM_BUILD_ROOT". If you are using a
recent RPM version this will be enforced automatically, which is what
happens in this case.


mkdir $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt
mkdir $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt/foo
cp -r schema $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/opt/foo


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