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Re: Source from directory rather than archive

On 04/16/2012 09:23 PM, Greg Swift wrote:
On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 13:21, Panu Matilainen<pmatilai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
On 04/16/2012 06:11 PM, Greg Swift wrote:

Does no one have a comment on this?

On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 13:52, Greg Swift<gregswift@xxxxxxxxx>    wrote:

So... At least in RHEL5 you can build an RPM where the Source points
to a directory instead of an archive file (tar, etc), thus removing
the need for the %setup macro.  Is this a feature or a "feature" (read
bug) ?

Sounds like a "feature", certainly. Try building a src.rpm from such a
thing, it'll merrily include the empty source directory as a source (or

That is what I was thinking but wanted to gather input about it before
filing a bug.

Yup. Note that while adding a sanity check for regular file does make sense, it doesn't prevent anything but accidental abuse. Use of %setup or Source/Patch is in no way required for any spec, and %prep, %build and %install can technically do pretty much whatever they please - things pull content from the internet, copy stuff from system or otherwise pre-existing directories etc in any case.

	- Panu -
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