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Bug 26902 - rpm-4.0-6x seems completely busted
rpm-4.0-6x seems completely busted
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm-build (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-02-09 20:18 EST by henry
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-02-10 03:10:04 EST
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Description henry 2001-02-09 20:18:15 EST
I upgraded from the version of RPM that came on Red Hat 6.0 (rpm-3.0 I
believe) to rpm-4.0-6x and rpm-devel-4.0-6x so that I could install some
things that came in the new format RPMs.  This worked fine, including the
--rebuilddb and the install of the new RPMs, but the resulting rpm
command seems incapable of building RPMs from source.
	rpm -bp spec-file
fails with a general usage message for rpm.  Thus I can now not do
ANYTHING with my source RPMs.  By comparison, the rpm-4.0-4 installed
under Red Hat 7.0 works fine (although I don't want to try and install
it on my 6.0 machine because it needs Python 1.5.2 which I can't switch
to yet).
PLEASE: come out with a version of rpm-4 that works under Red Hat 6.x.
I'm getting desparate.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2001-02-10 03:09:54 EST
Did you install the rpm-build package?  This is necessary in order to be able to
build packages with rpm 4.0.x
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2001-02-10 08:11:48 EST
What he said :-)

Yes, all the build modes in rpm-4.0 are in a separate executable called
/usr/bin/rpmbuild contained in the rpm-build package.
Comment 3 henry 2001-02-10 12:39:41 EST
I have not seen any rpm-build which is part of the rpm-4.0-6x family.
Note, with the older rpm that came with Red Hat 6.0, everything was in
rpm and rpm-devel.  If this exists, could you please tell me where it
I don't think that another rpm is going to help.  Observe the behavior
or rpm that came in rpm-4.0-6x: if you run
	rpm -bp xxx
it complains with a generic usage message as if it didn't understand the
-bp option.  If you do this with a working rpm then it will complain
that xxx doesn't exist.  It looks to me like the command line argument
processing is busted.
Am I being fooled?
Comment 5 henry 2001-02-10 21:08:05 EST
Ah, that fixed it.  rpm-build didn't exist on Red Hat 6.0, only
rpm and rpm-devel.
Note, with only rpm-4.0-6x and rpm-devel-4.0-6x, I got only a
usage message as if it didn't understand the -bp argument.
In general I like RPMs, including making my own, but the error
messages when things go wrong are not so great.
Any way, thanks again.

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