Bug 495040 - rpmbuild complains about File not found for %ghost files
Summary: rpmbuild complains about File not found for %ghost files
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-04-09 10:24 UTC by Michal Hlavinka
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:36 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-12-07 16:16:08 UTC
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Description Michal Hlavinka 2009-04-09 10:24:16 UTC
Description of problem:
When building package that contains
%ghost <some_file>

and if this file is not created during build process, rpmbuild fails with
RPM build errors:
    File not found: ...BUILDROOT/package-v-r/<some_file>

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.see description
Actual results:
rpmbuild fails

Expected results:
rpmbuild works

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2009-04-10 09:44:25 UTC
Fixed upstream. rpmbuild no more complains if file listed as %ghost is not present in build root.

Comment 2 Panu Matilainen 2009-04-13 10:55:33 UTC
The ghost files are required to be present at build-time for populating the file's metadata with some semi-sane values. If we want to permit really non-existent ghost files, the stat() info needs to be faked out to avoid completely bogus stuff like this (which is what you get now if a %ghost doesn't exist at build-time):

[pmatilai@turre RPMS]$ rpm -qplv ghosttest-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm 
?---------    1 root    root                        0 Jan  1  1970 /tmp/nofile

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 13:31:53 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 4 Panu Matilainen 2009-12-07 16:16:08 UTC
rpm 4.8.0-beta1 in rawhide permits creating %ghost's without actually requiring fake files in buildroot.

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