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Update: Newbie's first RPM goes wrong

I have made some progress since yesterday.  My trouble with
check_files went away when I switched machines.  I went from
RPM version 4.2 to 4.0.4.  Google showed me that I'm not the
only one with this problem.  It's in the Redhat bugzilla as
bug #87941.

It appears that Redhat isn't going to fix this bug.  Status
is CLOSED and resolution is DEFERRED.  The recommended 
workaround seems to be either to switch off check_files (which
I did) or to use Buildroot.

So I decided to use Buildroot.  Everyone seems to think it's
a good idea, although I'm not sure why.  It's been a huge
source of frustration to me.  Whatever I try, I end up with
File Not Found errors.  Samples can be seen below.  There
must be something I don't understand about the paths.

I have been advised to avoid absolute paths in my .spec file
and to use Prefix.  These seem like good ideas.  I will work
on those things when I get this Buildroot problem solved.
Until then I want to keep my .spec file as short and simple
as possible.

-------- rpmbuild output ---------------------
noric15[pln](71): rpmbuild -ba -v howdy.spec
Executing(%prep): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.62997
+ umask 022
+ cd /u/ek/pln/rpm/BUILD
+ cd /u/ek/pln/rpm/BUILD
+ rm -rf howdy-1.0
+ /bin/gzip -dc /u/ek/pln/rpm/SOURCES/howdy-1.0.tar.gz
+ tar -xvvf -
drwxrwxr-x pln/ek            0 2004-05-24 14:20:04 howdy-1.0/
-rw-rw-r-- pln/ek           40 2004-05-24 14:08:48 howdy-1.0/howdy.c
-rw-rw-r-- pln/ek           87 2004-05-24 14:18:16 howdy-1.0/Makefile
+ '[' 0 -ne 0 ']'
+ cd howdy-1.0
++ /usr/bin/id -u
+ '[' 2542 = 0 ']'
++ /usr/bin/id -u
+ '[' 2542 = 0 ']'
+ /bin/chmod -Rf a+rX,g-w,o-w .
+ exit 0
Executing(%build): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.62997
+ umask 022
+ cd /u/ek/pln/rpm/BUILD
+ cd howdy-1.0
+ make
gcc -o howdy howdy.c
+ exit 0
Executing(%install): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.62997
+ umask 022
+ cd /u/ek/pln/rpm/BUILD
+ cd howdy-1.0
+ rm -rf /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root
+ make install
cp howdy /u/ek/pln/bin
+ /usr/lib/rpm/brp-compress
/usr/lib/rpm/brp-compress: cd: /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root: No such file or 
+ /usr/lib/rpm/brp-strip
find: /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root: No such file or directory
+ /usr/lib/rpm/brp-strip-comment-note
find: /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root: No such file or directory
Processing files: howdy-1.0-1
error: File not found: /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root/u/ek/pln/bin/howdy
Provides: howdy

RPM build errors:
    File not found: /var/tmp/howdy-1.0-1-root/u/ek/pln/bin/howdy

-------- SPEC file ---------------------------------
Summary: A hello world program
Copyright: none
Group: Misc/Nonsense
Name: howdy
Buildroot: /%{_tmppath}/%{name}-%{version}-%{release}-root
#Prefix: /u/ek/pln/bin
Provides: howdy
Release: 1
Source: howdy-1.0.tar.gz
Version: 1.0
Vendor: The GLAST LAT Collaboration
%define __check_files %{nil}
AutoReq: no

A trivial program to practice on



make install



*   Patrick L. Nolan                                          *
*   W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory (HEPL)       * 
*   Stanford University                                       *

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