Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 17465
Documentation inaccuracies with source install
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:58 EDT
After installing RPM from source under Solaris v2.6, the following
instructions exist to configure RPM after the "make install" step:
You may add as many "provides: " lines as you like to /etc/rpmrc/ but
they can not be continued.
This is a directory, not a file. What is the file supposed to be? Neither a
file nor directory exists on my Redhat Linux system with this name.
You should satisfy dependencies for all system libraries. For each of
the system library directories you should run
echo * | find-provides.sh
No such file called find-provides.sh exists within the source archive.
A file called find-provides.perl does exist - but the paths within this
file look absolutely nothing like the default install directory of RPM
No further documentation seems to exist for correctly configuring RPM from
scratch. All RPM documentation seems to be for creating RPMs, not
1) The file is /etc/rpmrc, not to be confused with the directory /etc/rpm
2) The installed file is called find-provides, and is chosen per-platform from
After install, you can find the file in (usually) /usr/lib/rpm/find-provides
3) find-provides.perl is a variant implementation, unused by rpm itself, but
example, for CPAN packages.
4) RPM is configured using macros, the complete list with descriptive text is in