Issues with rebuilding the src rpms for 2.0

Bill Anderson anderson at
Tue Dec 12 20:03:32 CET 2000

When trying to rebuild the src.rpms provided on for 2.0,
particularly expat, as non-root, I've discovered some issues.

Right off the bat this happens:

  inflating: /home/anderson/rpmdir/BUILD/expat/xmlwf/xmlwf.dsp  
+ echo 'Patch #0 (expat-Makefile.patch):'
Patch #0 (expat-Makefile.patch):
+ patch -p1 -s
missing header for context diff at line 3 of patch
The text leading up to this was:
|*** Makefile   2000/07/06 18:08:45     1.1
|--- Makefile   2000/07/06 18:10:34
File to patch: 

Typing in Makefile seems to work.

An then we come to issue #2:

Building an rpm should _not_ install anything. When bulding as root, you
won't notice it, but when building the BeOpen-Python-2.0-1.src.rpm as
non-root, without the permissions to install anything to /usr/*, you'll

Executing(%install): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.92343
+ umask 022
+ cd /home/anderson/rpmdir/BUILD
+ cd expat
+ install -D xmlwf/xmlwf /usr/local/bin/xmlwf
install: cannot create regular file `/usr/local/bin/xmlwf': Permission
Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.92343 (%install)

Under NO circumstance should rebuilding a source rpm go dropping files
into anywhere outside the build tree and RPM Build Root. Fortunately,
modifying the spec file to do this shouldn't be that difficult. If I get
time to do so, I'll post it if the maintainer hasn't fixed that by then.

Bill Anderson               Linux Specialist
Modular Network Storage     R&D           
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