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Bug 96955 - I get "error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo" with -ta
I get "error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo" with -ta
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm-build (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2003-06-06 18:34 EDT by Marcelo Roberto Jimenez
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:54 EDT (History)
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Description Marcelo Roberto Jimenez 2003-06-06 18:34:56 EDT
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User-Agent: Opera/7.11 (Linux 2.4.20-18.9smp i686; U)  [en]

Description of problem:
I run:
% rpmbuild -ta tarball-0.11.4.tar.bz2
and I get:
error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo

There is no such string in any file in my home directory (debuginfo). This 
stopped working after I upgraded RH8.0 to RH9.

My only clue: If I run:
% grep -ir debuginfo /usr/lib/rpm
I get:
/usr/lib/rpm/macros:   /usr/lib/rpm/find-debuginfo.sh %{_builddir}/%{?
/usr/lib/rpm/find-debuginfo.sh:#find-debuginfo.sh - automagically generate debug 
info and file list
/usr/lib/rpm/redhat/macros:%package debuginfo \
/usr/lib/rpm/redhat/macros:%description debuginfo\
/usr/lib/rpm/redhat/macros:%files debuginfo -f debugfiles.list\

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.rpmbuild -ta tarball-0.11.4.tar.bz2

Actual Results:  error: Package already exists: %package debuginfo

Expected Results:  It should have created my rpm

Additional info:
Comment 1 Marcelo Roberto Jimenez 2003-06-09 19:18:42 EDT
I have copyed the files


from the package redhat-rpm-config-8.0-1.noarch.rpm to their proper directory 
and the problem was solved. This seems to configure a bug not in rpm-build, but 
in redhat-rpm-config, so I believe that this bug should be reassigned to the 
latter package.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2003-06-10 15:06:44 EDT

redhat-rpm-config is overloading %foo section markers with
macros. That means that if you, day, have innocent %install
in a comment, then redhat-rpm-config will cause that token
to be expanded into several lines of text that can/will cause
strange behavior.
Comment 3 Marcelo Roberto Jimenez 2003-06-10 15:47:57 EDT

You are correct. There was a %install in the changelog and that was causing the

Thanks for your help.

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