Bug 249956 - RFE: make empty debuginfo package a build error
RFE: make empty debuginfo package a build error
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: redhat-rpm-config (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jon Masters
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-07-28 11:26 EDT by Ville Skyttä
Modified: 2008-04-03 03:29 EDT (History)
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Description Ville Skyttä 2007-07-28 11:26:35 EDT
I can't think of a case where producing an empty debuginfo package would be
useful, but empty debuginfo packages are often signs of something wrong with the
build, see eg. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Debuginfo

So, how about making it an error in rpm-build/redhat-rpm-config?  For example
something like this appended to find-debuginfo.sh would do the trick:

    if [ ! -s $LISTFILE ] ; then
        echo ERROR: empty debuginfo package created
        exit 1

The error message could be improved, but exactly how depends somewhat on
whether/if this is going to be done in redhat-rpm-config or rpm-build.
Comment 1 Ville Skyttä 2007-07-30 16:49:36 EDT
BTW, just adding that to find-debuginfo.sh as is and doing nothing else isn't
the right thing to do - it'll break noarch package builds.  Anyway, this idea
is/was being discussed on the fedora-packaging list too, and has received some
positive feedback thus far.
Comment 2 Jon Masters 2007-08-20 03:06:56 EDT
I dislike it, but I'll act according to what is decided. I very much dislike
aborting builds just because of some arbitrary logic like this - there might be
a reason one would have an empty debuginfo package, and now we're making it
impossible to build those packages.

Comment 3 Ville Skyttä 2007-08-21 13:36:17 EDT
There could be a way to allow them, it doesn't have to be made impossible.  The
way I see it, this RFE is analoguous to having builds fail if there are
unpackaged files.  That can be overridden by setting a variable too.

Anyway, there's no decision yet whether this is found desirable, it has been
requested that FESCO discusses it in a near future meeting.

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