Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 16610
rpm overly cautious when building
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:58 EDT
rpm -ba file.spec returns:
Bad owner/group: /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/file-1.1-1.tar.gz
Changing ownership of this file to "root" eliminates this problem; however,
after the compile phase, rpm bombs out again with a similar error due to
the spec file being owned by non-root (me). I prefer to keep SPEC files
for custom packages I produce in a CVS repository accessed with my personal
Previously, I was able to "chown -R g+w /usr/src/redhat" and then "rpm
--rebuild" source RPMs without having to be root. This change makes it
unnecessarily complicated to rebuild source RPMs as a non-root user.
I believe this change happened somewhere between 3.0.3 and 3.0.5, but not
sure. Is there a way to change this behavior (ie, eliminate these security
It's returning bad owner/group because it can't
resolve the uid that owns the files. It implies that
they are owned by a user not in /etc/passwd or in NIS/LDAP/whatever.
Check your nsswitch setup.
Thanks for the quick response! That's what it looked like to me as well,
- I am able to login in to the system just fine.
- "ls -l" properly resolves both the user & group.
I am running with NIS, using "passwd: compat" in /etc/nsswitch.conf. I am using
"+@my_nis_net_grp::::::" as the last line in /etc/passwd. Strangely enough,
adding "+::::::/bin/false" after that line fixes the problem with rpm building.
Because rpm is the only program I've had a problem with, I would suspect this to
be a problem within rpm, but not being familiar with the code I can't say for
I'm leaving this bug report RESOLVED since I've now got a workaround, though
there *may* still be an issue here.