Bug 1021001 - set --target noarch for noarch packages in koji
set --target noarch for noarch packages in koji
Product: Fedora
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Component: koji (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dennis Gilmore
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Reported: 2013-10-18 14:11 EDT by Till Maas
Modified: 2015-02-17 12:44 EST (History)
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Description Till Maas 2013-10-18 14:11:04 EDT
Description of problem:
koji/mock runs "rpmbuild --target arm -bs" for noarch builds on arm, but since
does not exist, %{_arch} is not defined in this case, making builds fail on arm if e.g. %if %{_arch} is used in a spec file.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. try to build a noarch spec that contains %{_arch}
rpmbuild --target arm -bs foo.spec

Actual results:
rpmbuild fails because %{_arch} is not defined

Expected results:
%{_arch} should be defined.

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Comment 1 Panu Matilainen 2013-10-21 01:54:46 EDT
That's because there's no such architecture as "arm", only a dozen or so variants. And for noarch builds target should arguably be set to "noarch" instead, so this sounds like a configuration thinko/typo in ... koji I guess.

Till, do you have a koji pointer to such a failure case to make tracking down it easier?
Comment 2 Till Maas 2013-10-21 02:46:42 EDT
I noticed it here:

It was possible to remove the if condition there, so it is not an issue anymore.
Comment 3 Panu Matilainen 2013-10-21 03:13:43 EDT
Right, the fail case (--target arm) can be seen here: http://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org//work/tasks/4032/6074032/build.log

Just FWIW, the arch-conditional in youtube-dl spec was strangely constructed anyway:

%if %{_arch} == x86_64 || %{_arch} == i686
BuildRequires:  pandoc

rpm has a better (and simpler) way to express that:
%ifarch x86_64 i686
BuildRequires:  pandoc
Comment 4 Till Maas 2013-10-21 03:33:26 EDT
(In reply to Panu Matilainen from comment #3)
> Right, the fail case (--target arm) can be seen here:
> http://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org//work/tasks/4032/6074032/build.log
> Just FWIW, the arch-conditional in youtube-dl spec was strangely constructed
> anyway:
> %if %{_arch} == x86_64 || %{_arch} == i686
> BuildRequires:  pandoc
> %endif
> rpm has a better (and simpler) way to express that:
> %ifarch x86_64 i686
> BuildRequires:  pandoc
> %endif

%ifarch won't work, therefore the other way was recommended here:

How to do it correctly is also still an unsolved problem:

Also the if condition for BRs will be prohibited by future guidelines:
Comment 5 Panu Matilainen 2013-10-21 03:53:17 EDT
Ah... I remember seeing Spot's mail on the subject but apparently didn't actually register the content :)
Comment 6 Dennis Gilmore 2013-10-21 04:26:39 EDT
both spots and this use case really are not valid, they result in the binary rpms having different content depending on what host machine built them, which can mean something needed like the syslinux splash screens being available or not.
Comment 7 Panu Matilainen 2013-10-21 05:08:57 EDT

Anyway the actual issue here is that "--target arm" getting set by something (koji?) when no such architecture exists, and this seems strange anyway since its done for a noarch package.
Comment 8 Mike McLean 2013-11-07 17:54:21 EST
For tasks like the one listed (a buildSRPMFromSCM task), Koji doesn't pass --target to mock, but it does place a target_arch value in the mock config, which has a similar effect.

The value of arm is set when the build arch is set to armhfp. The change is relatively recent:


There is no such thing as a noarch buildroot. When Koji makes a buildroot for a noarch build (or a noarch activity like building the srpm), it has to chose an arch for the buildroot. It looks at the the arch list for the builder and the tag and picks something in the overlap.

In the referenced task, the builder has a single arch: armhfp. The tag has an archlist of: armv7hl i686 x86_64. The armv7hl arch canonicalizes to armhfp.
Comment 9 Mike McLean 2014-05-12 13:44:43 EDT
So a couple more remarks.

1. The subject makes it sound like this affects noarch builds. That is not true. For building a noarch rpm, koji does explicitly pass --target noarch to mock on the command line. As near as I can tell, the behavior in question is limited to building srpms in koji.

2. When we build the srpm in koji, we use mock's --buildsrpm option. It doesn't seem like a --target option should be necessary here, but we could add one and it looks like mock will pass this through to rpm.

3. I've gotta wonder whether a change like this might break other packages.
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