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Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 09:21:18 -0400
From: Jeff Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [rh-rpm] Re: Making rpm default to %defattr(-,root,root)?
On Wed, May 22, 2002 at 01:55:54PM +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
> Call me lazy (which I am :) but I think it'd be nice if rpm defaulted to
> %defattr(-,root,root) in the %files section. At least I tend to forget to
> specify that especially in subpackages (like -devel) which then leads to
> "user foo not existing" warnings when installing the package. Afterall
> most packages use that anyway, specifying another user in there is
> special case than having the files owned by root.
Personally, I think that making %defattr(-,root,root) the default behavior
is long overdue. Ditto
From mailing list
-- Russ Herrold
This ain't gonna happen for rpm-4.1, deferred
... or perhaps rpm-4.3 ? <smile>
I vote for this too!
This is in rpm-4.4. iirc.