Bug 88620 - rpmbuild --rebuild xxx.src.rpm sometimes does not build anything
Summary: rpmbuild --rebuild xxx.src.rpm sometimes does not build anything
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Paul Nasrat
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-11 14:46 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-04-19 18:44:53 UTC

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Description Need Real Name 2003-04-11 14:46:20 UTC
Description of problem:

With some src.rpm files, the command rpmbuild --rebuild produces the following
error message that I never saw before:
error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo
(the package being not installed actually)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[root@papeete tmp]# rpm --version
RPM version 4.2

How reproducible:
rpmbuild --rebuild gnome-commander-0.9.12-1.src.rpm

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download gnome-commander-0.9.12-1.src.rpm from sourceforge
2. rpmbuild --rebuild gnome-commander-0.9.12-1.src.rpm

Actual results:
Installing gnome-commander-0.9.12-1.src.rpm
warning: user eljasiak does not exist - using root
warning: group eljasiak does not exist - using root
error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo

Expected results:

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-14 14:50:41 UTC
Yes, -debuginfo packages are produced during build if redhat-rpm-config
is installed.

Does you specfile have
    %package debuginfo
If so, the name needs to change to something else.

Otherwise, the manner in which redhat-rpm-config is overloading
existing spec file tokens is interfering with that specific
spec file. Try doing
    rpm -e redhat-rpm-config
and rebuilding. If that "works", then you will need to adjust
the spec file to follow redhat-rpm-config conventions.

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2003-04-14 15:06:47 UTC
I checked the presence of %package debuginfo in my .src.rpm. There is nothing
like this.
The package built fine on RH8.0 and RH7.3. 8.0 at least has redhat-rpm-config (I
think 7.3 has it too) and everything went fine then. So now comes the question:

What has changed in the redhat-rpm-config between RH8.0 and RH9?
What has been added? What could be at the origin of my problem?
Is it documented somewhere?


Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-14 15:40:35 UTC
Does package rebuild if you do
    rpm -e redhat-rpm-config

The -debuginfo is fragile, involves overloading existing
spec file markers like %install and %prep to augment an
existing spec file without any editing. Documented? Surely
you jest ...

Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2005-04-19 18:44:53 UTC
Closing due to inactivity.  If this issue still occurs with current releases,
please reopen and set the release in which you've encountered the problem.

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