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Re: Kind request: fix your packages



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On Thu, 02 Oct 2003 12:42:37 -0500, Thomas Dodd wrote:

> Add macros to the spec near the begining for the distros/version 
> _you_support. Then include usage in the instruction on building your 
> opackage. so they need only '--define RHL7.3=1' , '--define RHEL3=1',
> or '--define MDK9=1'. That give you the same result of using 
> redhat-release, package or file, and the ability to support more 
> distributions at the same time.

> The spec file should not be doing RPM querries or checking files.
> Perhaps I want to build a RHL7.3 RPM on my RHL9 box?

With the added problem of how to automate the builds? And what if a
user doesn't define any variable at all? Would the build fail or
default to the wrong target platform? I still think the better
approach is to move conditional code as much as possible out of the
spec file. Instead of building a binary rpm with --define RHEL3=1, you
would set BUILD_RHEL3=1 and "rpmbuild --rebuild foo.src.rpm" as usual.
The spec file would call an external script that either evaluates the
BUILD_RHEL3 variable or falls back to evaluating /etc/redhat-release
as a default.

- -- 
Michael, who doesn't reply to top posts and complete quotes anymore.

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