Bug 736118 - kernel-devel hardlink is not needed if only one kernel-devel is installed
Summary: kernel-devel hardlink is not needed if only one kernel-devel is installed
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: hardlink
Version: 16
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2011-09-06 18:31 UTC by Bruce Jerrick
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:52 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-02-13 15:04:37 UTC

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Description Bruce Jerrick 2011-09-06 18:31:16 UTC
Description of problem:
The hardlink done by the postinstall scriptlet of kernel-devel is not
needed if only one kernel-devel is installed.  That's certainly the
case during OS installation, and the hardlink is just a waste of time.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
and at least as far back as F14 core (kernel-devel-

How reproducible:
Always, if these conditions are met:
  hardlink is installed before kernel-devel
  Only one kernel-devel is installed
  HARDLINK is not disabled (i.e., != no) in /etc/sysconfig/kernel

Steps to Reproduce:
Examine `rpm -q --scripts kernel-devel`:
If there's only one /usr/src/kernels/*.fc*.*, the two args to hardlink
are the same file:
    hardlink -c /usr/src/kernels/*.fc*.*/$f $f

Additional info:
A fix that uses sh only is to prepend the find...while code with a
count and test of /usr/src/kernels/*.fc*.* matches.
In kernel.spec this would be:

  (cd /usr/src/kernels/%{KVERREL}%{?1:.%{1}} &&\
   set /usr/src/kernels/*.fc*.* && [ $# -gt 1 ] &&\	### <<< added line
   /usr/bin/find . -type f | while read f; do\
     hardlink -c /usr/src/kernels/*.fc*.*/$f $f\

Comment 1 Josh Boyer 2011-11-04 16:32:27 UTC
Really, hardlink should probably just exit if it is passed two identical arguments.  Let's reassign to hardlink for now.

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