Bug 51381 - A lot of packages should own some directories more
A lot of packages should own some directories more
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: distribution (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
Depends On: 50747
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Reported: 2001-08-09 18:00 EDT by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:22 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-03-01 15:42:23 EST
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Description Enrico Scholz 2001-08-09 18:00:50 EDT
A lot of packages are placing files into directories which are neither owned

- by themself nor
- by required packages (else the dir would exists already)

Usually this is not a big problem, but it creates ugly warnings while
installing a package and orphaned directories at upgrading. There are a lot
of bugreports with regard to this bug (e.g. bug #51166, #51161, #51165...)

I have checked my machine (mostly rawhide + some foreign packages) for such
packages. The result can be found at

There the "erroneous" packages are listed together with the directories
which they are occupying but not owning. 

The experimental rpm-directory checker
(http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/~ensc/rpmDirectoryCheck) was used to create this

Well, to make it really usable, the packages should be grouped by their
maintainer, but I don't have any information about this relation. It should
be possible to send automated bugreports to Bugzilla, but this would be a
kind of spam ;)  (the example above would create more than 400 new bugs...)

If you are interested in the raw XML data, please drop me a note. 

I will see my plain-beta3 machine at weekend soonest, but there are only
limited resources and I have not an "everything" installation there. Thus I
will catch only a small subset of affected packages.
Comment 1 Enrico Scholz 2001-08-10 17:55:07 EDT
I have made an "everything" installation. The result is available at

There the packages are ordered in importance of errors:

1. Packages which are using directories owned by no other package (marked red)
2. Packages covered by bug #50676
3. Packages using directories which are not owned by themself or their 
   requirements. Indeed, other package(s) being not requirements, are owning

Packages of category 1 should be fixed in any case; these of number 2, if bug
#50676 is fixed.

Cat 3 bugs can be fixed easily by adding a 'Requires: XX' where package XX owns
the concerning directory.

At http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~ensc/dircheck/roswell you will find the raw
XML data also.
Comment 2 Enrico Scholz 2001-08-10 17:57:32 EDT
Oops, wrong bug number at item 2. Bug #50747 is correct.
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2005-03-01 15:42:23 EST
Closing bugs on older, no longer supported releases. Please reopen bugs against
individual packages where this still happens.

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