Bug 485056 - rpmlint warns 'configure-without-libdir-spec' even for lines, where ./configure is not executed
rpmlint warns 'configure-without-libdir-spec' even for lines, where ./configu...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpmlint (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tom "spot" Callaway
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Reported: 2009-02-11 07:39 EST by Michal Hlavinka
Modified: 2011-04-24 21:11 EDT (History)
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Description Michal Hlavinka 2009-02-11 07:39:16 EST
Description of problem:

spec file can contain

rm -f ./configure
# rm -f ./configure

in %build and it produces warning

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.create spec file with "%build \n rm -f ./configure"
2.rpmlint specfile
Actual results:
rpmlint's warning

Expected results:
no warning

Additional info:
Comment 1 Ville Skyttä 2009-02-11 10:55:40 EST
Confirmed, but I'm not too optimistic about this getting fixed at least in the near future.  Finding out whether ./configure is invoked or just referenced some other way is not that easy (consider for example things like "CFLAGS=foo ./configure" which *should* be caught).

One way to "fool" rpmlint into not emitting this false positive would be to do "rm -f configure" instead of "rm -f ./configure".

By the way, "rm -f ./configure" (if it's followed by an autotools invocation) sounds like something that could be arguably better placed in %prep than %build.  That would not silence rpmlint though, but I could see a case for modifying rpmlint so that it checks for ./configure invocations in %build only, not in any other spec file section (currently it does it everywhere except %changelog).
Comment 2 Michal Hlavinka 2009-02-12 05:01:12 EST
(In reply to comment #1)
> ...
> ...  That would not silence rpmlint though, but I could see a case for
> modifying rpmlint so that it checks for ./configure invocations in %build only,
> not in any other spec file section (currently it does it everywhere except
> %changelog).

I don't know if someone is not calling  ./configure in %prep, does rpmlint check this too?

btw, I fool rpmlint with: rm -f ./"configure"
Comment 3 Ville Skyttä 2009-02-12 10:49:43 EST
No, rpmlint does not check where ./configure is called.  I suppose it could whine about the placement if it's called somewhere outside of %build, no matter what the arguments to ./configure are.
Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 07:16:31 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 6 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2010-12-07 16:19:08 EST
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
Comment 7 Tom "spot" Callaway 2011-04-24 21:11:50 EDT
Given that there are several obvious workarounds:

rm -rf configure
rm -rf ./"configure"

or basically, anything that doesn't use the string "./configure" will get rid of this false positive, I don't think this is something worth spending any time resolving.

rpmlint is not a "this is wrong, you must fix it" tool, but rather, a tool to aid packagers in pointing out things that seem incorrect. When common sense trumps rpmlint, then go with common sense. :)

Closing as WONTFIX.

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