Updating the Release info after package build

Stuart D. Gathman stuart at bmsi.com
Mon Jul 25 04:41:19 UTC 2011

On Sun, 24 Jul 2011, Tim T. wrote:

>   Trying to puzzle something out, on a rainy sunday afternoon.. Is it
> possible to update Release and Version info for a package after the package
> has been built ? I know I should just put in the right numbers before I
> assemble the package, but I'm considering a situation in which the right
> numbers are not available at the moment of build.
> (Related question: Is there any easy way of manipulating the contents of an
> rpm after it's been build ?)

That would defeat the purpose of "build from pristine source".

Here is a limited scenario that might justify a short-cut: the build
works fine, but the "install" phase misses some files.  You should be able
to redo the rpm starting with install phase, but skipping the (possibly
lengthy) build.  This isn't done now because the install script might
actually alter the built files (by using mv instead of cp, for instance).

However, redoing the rpm after a change to the %files section only should
be safe.

 	      Stuart D. Gathman <stuart at bmsi.com>
     Business Management Systems Inc.  Phone: 703 591-0911 Fax: 703 591-6154
"Confutatis maledictis, flammis acribus addictis" - background song for
a Microsoft sponsored "Where do you want to go from here?" commercial.

More information about the Rpm-list mailing list