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Re: RPM and symlink in %files

On Tuesday 11 March 2003 06:45 pm, M M wrote:
> Im trying to pkg a directory that is actually a symlink so in
> my spec file :
> %files
> /rar_rpm     # which is symlink to  /rar
> The install appears to go okay but when i look at what RPM did
> , I see it do two things : it created the target install
> directory (I called focus)  and I also see see another focus
> but I see a bunch of characters at the end of the name.
> Ex -->  focus;3e6e803f   -> rar
> The attribute shows it being a link however I can't cd to it.

The symlink name with the gibberish characters generally happens 
when rpm tries to extract the symlink, but finds it can't 
actually create the symlink--usually because there's already a 
directory with the same absolute path.

If there's just a file in the way with the same path, rpm will 
happily remove the file and extract the symlink in its place.  
It refuses to do that to a directory, because the only way to 
reliably remove a directory without corrupting the filesystem is 
to rm -Rf it.  For obvious reasons, it's generally a Very Bad 
Thing(tm) for any program to just do that automatically.  So rpm 
just creates the symlink with a different name.

"If a server crashes in a server farm and no one pings it, does 
it still cost four figures to fix?"

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