Bug 16610 - rpm overly cautious when building
Summary: rpm overly cautious when building
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
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Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2000-08-19 22:18 UTC by djschaap
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-08-19 22:18:40 UTC
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Description djschaap 2000-08-19 22:18:39 UTC
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


Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2000-08-19 22:20:04 UTC
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.

Comment 2 djschaap 2000-08-19 22:42:16 UTC
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.


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