%pre scripts with a non-zero exit status.

Eran Ben Natan eranb at celltick.com
Tue Dec 2 16:55:41 UTC 2014

That is exactly the purpose of the %pre – to verify that all prerequisites are met, so, yes, this is a good idea.

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Subject: %pre scripts with a non-zero exit status.

I'm being asked to create a %pre scriptlet which if certain configuration conditions are not met will not install the rpm package.

Is this a good idea?

My understanding of rpm scriptlets is that they should always (except under extreme conditions) exit with a status of 0.   Needless to say, these rpms with the %pre failures would be installed by rpm, yum and zypper.

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