meaning of 'Provides: X' '>' or '>=' %evr ?

Jason Vas Dias jason.vas.dias at
Fri Aug 29 11:17:22 UTC 2014

Thank you !
IMHO, the RPM using community would benefit greatly from having ALL .spec
file syntax completely defined & documented somewhere .
The only documentation on .spec file syntax I can find is :
  Maximum RPM:
  Fedora RPM Guide:
And neither of these make any mention of the "Provides: X '>'/'>='
%evr"  feature.
Does anyone know of any better reference documentation for .spec file syntax ?
Thanks & Regards,

On 8/28/14, Krzysztof Żelechowski <krzysztof.zelechowski at> wrote:
> Provides: X > %evr means that other packages that require X > %evr or
> earlier are satisfied.  It does not preclude other packages from providing
> the same.
> HTH,
> Chris
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