Bug 3233 - rpm-3.0.1 macro name restriction is ridiculous
rpm-3.0.1 macro name restriction is ridiculous
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-06-03 05:34 EDT by benedict
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:37 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-06-03 06:20:07 EDT
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Description benedict 1999-06-03 05:34:45 EDT
In lib/macro.c:450 I read:

	/* Names must start with alphabetic or _ and be at least 3
chars */

Now, this is ridiculous - I used to do

%define CC gcc
%define EXTRA_BUILD     CC='%{CC} -g' CFLAGS='blabla'

which is no longer legal ...  And the error message doesn't
give any hint as to why.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-03 06:20:59 EDT
One and two character macro names are reserved for the macro
implementation itself. Performing the check on length rather
than on a reserved keyword table permits a robust implementation
for both forward and backward compatibility with different versions
of rpm.

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