spec file documentation

Jonathan Ryshpan jonrysh at pacbell.net
Tue Jan 20 21:30:39 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 15:53 -0500, seth vidal wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 12:47 -0800, Jonathan Ryshpan wrote:
> > Please allow me to vent my irritation about the state of spec file
> > documentation. 

Thanks very much for your *extremely* quick reply. 

> >      2. %configure appears to take an argument, at least it has one in
> >         the spec file I am trying to understand and modify.  What does
> >         the argument do?
> It takes a number of options look in /usr/lib/rpm/macros under %configure 
> for some details of what you can do.

As I read many years ago in a book on math, one perplexity has been
replaced with another even more perplexing.

> > For a utility as important as rpmbuild, the state of the documentation
> > is truly dismal.
> I don't think anyone really disagrees. If you'd like to help, I'm sure
> it would be appreciated.

A serious commitment, not to be undertaken without serious thought.  Is
there an rpm wiki?


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