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SubjectRe: usbutils 0.81 release
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 23:21, Alan Stern <stern@rowland.harvard.edu> wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Apr 2009, Greg KH wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 04:48:00PM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
>> > On Mon, 27 Apr 2009, Greg KH wrote:
>> >
>> > > Kay Sievers (11):
>> > >       rename configure.in -> configure.ac
>> > >       delete spec file
>> >
>> > Why delete the spec file?  Don't you want to keep it for people who
>> > would like to build an RPM?
>>
>> Do people build rpms out of tarballs that aren't coming from their
>> distro anymore?
>
> Sure they do.  If you've got an RPM-based system, and you want to
> install a package version that's more recent than the one bundled in
> your distribution (or if your distribution doesn't include the package
> at all), then you'd want to build your own RPM.
>
>>  I didn't realise this, and can put it back, but it's
>> one more thing to forget to bump the version number on :(
>
> It's not urgent.  You're going to be making other changes too...  new
> output formats and replacing libusb, right?  So include the spec file
> again when you do the next release.

Having a spec file in the repo needs configure.ac pre-processing to
create a proper spec file to use, to find out where to install the
files. As an example, SUSE puts the ids file in /usr/share/ Fedora in
/usr/share/hwdata/ (not even shipped with the usbutil package), other
distros put it in /usr/share/misc/.

Having multiple files installed, because we didn't find the right
place, may break other packages build which search for them at build
time, like udev-extras.

There is really not a good chance to get this stuff right, without
using the spec file that comes with the original package from the
distro that is used.

Thanks,
Kay
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