Bug 3802 - rpm -V wish list
Summary: rpm -V wish list
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeff Johnson
QA Contact:
: 3800 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-06-29 16:03 UTC by Edward Kuns
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-08-30 23:28:48 UTC

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Description Edward Kuns 1999-06-29 16:03:43 UTC
I use "rpm -V" to find installation problems and unexpected
changes.  A wonderful addition to help this would be:

o A new option: --notime ... Ignore files if the only change
is a changed time (ie, kernel-source .depend files)

o A new option: --nocfg ... Ignore changed files if they are
marked as configuration files.  This will help reduce output
to things that aren't expected to change.

o A new option: --nouser, or --nogrp, or something like that
to ignore changed files when the only change is user and/or
group.  Some rpm files seem to want to install files for a
given nonstandard user, but don't install that user in
/etc/passwd.  A better way to do this would be:  At install
time, don't install if the user & group don't exist.  Add an
option to force install to a named user and group.  "rpm
-Uvh --force package.rpm" would force an install to the
nonexistent user & group.  "rpm -Uvh --user=root
--group=root package.rpm" would change all non-existent user
& group while installing the package so there would be no

Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-06-29 17:06:59 UTC
Recommendation has ben forwarded to package developer/maintainer.

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-06-29 17:11:59 UTC
*** Bug 3800 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

rpm -V complains about many, many files in kernel-source and
kernel-headers once one has made a kernel.  A wonderful
enhancement would be to mark, somehow, all the files that
one expects to change in these rpm files.  For example, all
the ".depend" files.  I have pages and pages of "rpm -V"
complaints in kernel-headers and kernel-source.

I know this is normal behavior.  My wish is for some way to
mark files that one expects to change so rpm -V (perhaps
with some other option) won't list such files.  When using
the output of "rpm -Va" to look for system problems, it
would make life much much easier!

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2001-07-25 21:19:25 UTC
All but --nocfg are implemented in rpm-4.0.3.

FWIW, the effect of --nocfg can be trivially implemented
by doing
	rpm -Va | grep -v ' c '
and, with almost no additiona effort, can be configured
using a popt alias in /etc/popt with rpm -Va --pipe.
I see little need to add the option to rpm's default configuration.

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