Bug 232602

Summary: Kernel %prep should not modify files in SOURCES (patch included)
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Reporter: Jos Vos <jos>
Component: kernelAssignee: Don Zickus <dzickus>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Red Hat Kernel QE team <kernel-qe>
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Version: 5.0CC: jarod
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Patch for kernel-2.6.spec (2.6.18-8.1.1.el5) none

Description Jos Vos 2007-03-16 11:50:01 UTC
Description of problem:
In %prep the *.config files from SOURCES are modified (merge.pl etc.) and the
original files are replaced by the modified ones! This is IMHO a serious RPM
packaging bug, as now (for example) the src.rpm files created with "rpmbuild
-bs" and  with "rpmbuild -ba" will have different contents (source files)!

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
2.6.18-8.1.1.el5 (but this problem seems to be in since a while, sorry I didn't
notice it during the beta period ;-)).

How reproducible:
Compare the src.rpm's created with "rpmbuild -bs" and  with "rpmbuild -ba".

Solution:
Modify the *.config files in the build directory, don't change the files in
SOURCES.  Attached is a patch for the kerrnel spec file that does this.  Note
that the wildcards will not always match files now, that's why I included the
test (-f), so that if there is no match, the "$i" will still have the "*" and
the file does not exist.

Comment 1 Jos Vos 2007-03-16 11:50:01 UTC
Created attachment 150212 [details]
Patch for kernel-2.6.spec (2.6.18-8.1.1.el5)

Comment 2 Don Zickus 2007-06-21 04:59:54 UTC
Thanks.  It's been like that for about a year now.  We just have never noticed.
 I'll look into making these changes for 5.2.  They look straightforward.

-Don



Comment 3 Jarod Wilson 2007-07-11 17:59:42 UTC
Funny, I just started work on a patch for the rawhide spec last night that does
a lot of the same things... :) Yeah, those changes definitely look sane and
correct for the RHEL5 spec.

Comment 4 Don Zickus 2008-01-11 20:04:45 UTC
in 2.6.18-66.el5dz_test
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5

Comment 5 Don Zickus 2009-05-26 20:45:56 UTC
This should have went out with the 5.2 release.  I am just going to close this a CURRENT RELEASE unless someone has a better idea.