Bug 99154

Summary: rpm --excludepath for multiple directories.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Ilan Shufer <ilan>
Component: rpmAssignee: Jeff Johnson <jbj>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description Ilan Shufer 2003-07-15 08:23:31 UTC
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Description of problem:
I'm sure this is not the first bug about --excludepath but i would like to some
all the problems i'm seeing.
1.rpm-3x had --excludepath as an option but didn't work at all.
2.rpm-4x has this option and generally works with one directory but there are
still gliches(like rpm-4.1-1.06)
3.Only rpm-4.0.2-8(which came with RH7.1) has the ability to exclude multiple

Weird , i looked at the code and it seems a fix for multiple exclude is
there(diffs between rpm-4.0 to 4.0.2-8)
            if (*optArg != '/')
                argerror(_("exclude paths must begin with a /"));
            relocations = xrealloc(relocations,
                           sizeof(*relocations) * (numRelocations + 1));
            relocations[numRelocations].oldPath = optArg;
            relocations[numRelocations++].newPath = NULL;

but when i check if these lines are in rpm-4.0.3 they exist and still it doesn't
Maybe its a problem with popt or some other external library?

Please , formally , Is there a way to -excludepath multiple directories or not?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Prepare an rpm to check on(xbill-2.0-16.i386.rpm for example)
2.Remove any xbill's on the system.
3.rpm ivh xbill-2.0.16.i386.rpm --excludepath=/usr --excludepath=/var
3.Check if /usr/lib/xbill exist and if /var/lib/games/xbill exists.
4.Check that only /etc/X11/applnk/Games/xbill.desktop exists.


Actual Results:  Problem - rpm excluded /var only

Expected Results:  only /etc/X11/applnk/Games/xbill.desktop exists.

Additional info:

Ilan Shufer - ilan@aduva.com

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-21 20:09:42 UTC
Your xbill test case "works" with (about to be built)
rpm-4.2.1-0.30. I know of no reason why the test case shouldn/t

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-21 20:11:09 UTC
... work with every version since rpm-4.1, but have not looked.

BTW -0.31, not -0.30.

Comment 3 Ilan Shufer 2003-07-22 14:06:13 UTC
Doesn't work on a clean RH9.
This time , rpm doesn't even exclude one directory. All the files exist on the

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-29 13:08:34 UTC
Yes, doesn't work on RH9.

Yes, fixed in -0.31

REOPENING is not your best avenue to fix. Try installing