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Re: Proposal (and yes, I'm willing to do stuff!): Must Use More Macros

Ray Strode wrote:

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Adam Williamson<awilliam redhat com> wrote:
I've been dipping my toes into packaging things for Fedora lately, and
one thing that feels a bit awkward is that the packaging guidelines are
full of boilerplate like:
Heck, there's an entire page full of these:


It seems to me it'd make sense to convert all these kinds of snippets
into macros. Am I right, or is there a reason against doing this?
It would be awesome to get rid of the boilerplate.  Honestly though,
I'd rather the solution was "just works" than "replace giant glob of
muck with %{glob_of_muck}"

For instance, if a file gets dropped under /usr/share/icons/something
rpm should run gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/something

the gtk2 package should be able to drop a file in /usr/lib/rpm/redhat
that makes that happen.  likewise, desktop-file-utils should be able
to drop a file there to make update-desktop-database get run and so

I don't know how hard it would be to fix rpm to allow for that though.

Just off the top of my head, this doesn't feel like something rpm should be in charge of. To me it seems more likely that we need something in a base/core rpm that installs an inotify script for system dirs that does what it should when something is dropped into it...?

Nathanael d. Noblet
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