Re: support for manual file dependencies ?

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Good day Orion - thanks for your response!
RE: > File deps work just fine
No, they don't!
I did mention both %{includedir}/stdio.h and
%{_includedir}/stdio.h, and even /usr/include/stdio
and just 'stdio.h'  in my mail - apologies for the spelling
typos - I did try them all.

But none of these strings will cause RPM to recognize such
a dependency as being satisfied if there is no RPM in the
RPM database that Provides that file , regardless of whether
it exists in the filesystem or not .

I analysed the code in the RPM source :
    build/spec.c   :  rpmSpecCheckDeps()
    lib/depends.c :  rpmtsCheck()

All that code does is search the existing RPM database ;
if no RPM is recorded as Provide-ing a file in the database,
it returns false - it does not do any check for the existence
of a file in the file system.

There appears to be no way to get RPM to check for the existence
of an arbitrary file in the file system .

I'd suggest developing a patch to make it do so , to enable RPM to more
easily be able to start off the process of dividing OS files into packages
BEFORE any RPM package has yet been defined;  basically, if rpmtsCheck()
returns "problems", then check if the dependency string  actually names an
existing file or not , and consider the dependency satisfied if it does .

But I have verified there is NO such code in current versions of RPM .

Could any of the RPM developers please advise whether such a patch will
ever be entertained / considered / developed ?

Thanks & Best Regards,

here is a test .spec fle with a dependency on /usr/include/stdio.h :

name: T
version: 1
release: 1
license: GPL
summary: Test Spec File Capabilities
%define  breq  /usr/include/stdio.h
%define  req
BuildRequires: %breq %req
Requires        : %req
source: T.spec
cp T.spec %{buildroot}/%{name}-%{release}-%{version}.%{arch}
%defattr (-,root,root,-)
* Mon Jun 19 2017 jason.vas.dias@xxxxxxxxx
  - created.

Attempts to build fail:

$  rpmbuild -vvv -bp /tmp/T.spec --define _topdir' '/tmp --define
_builddir' '/tmp --define _buildrootdir' '/tmp --define _srcdir' '/tmp
ufdio:       1 reads,    16960 total bytes in 0.000033 secs
error: Failed build dependencies:
	/usr/include/stdio.h is needed by T-1-1.x86_64 is needed by T-1-1.x86_64

I want to make RPM in this situation:
  1. Check for existence of /usr/include/stdio.h , satisfying
dependency if found
  2. Check for existence of in any directory in the default system path as constructed from contents of /etc/ or
      /etc/* .

It demonstrably does not do this.

On 19/06/2017, Orion Poplawski <orion@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 06/19/2017 10:08 AM, Jason Vas Dias wrote:
>> Hi -
>> I am wondering why RPM supports automatic dependencies like:
>> ' Requires :
>> '
>> but does not allow things like :
>> ' BuildRequires: %{includedir}/stdio.h
> File deps work just fine, but this should be %{_includedir}/stdio.h.
> --
> Orion Poplawski
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