%pre scripts with a non-zero exit status.
pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Wed Dec 3 06:47:46 UTC 2014
On 12/02/2014 06:55 PM, Eran Ben Natan wrote:
> That is exactly the purpose of the %pre – to verify that all
> prerequisites are met, so, yes, this is a good idea.
That is what dependencies are for. Doing such checks in %pre is
generally speaking a bad idea. And no, that is not what %pre exists
for. Not at all!
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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
%pre (and %pretrans in newer rpm versions) has the capability to cancel
out package installation, %preun similarly can cancel uninstall. Doing
so is almost always a terrible idea however, because the scriptlets are
executed at a point where its not possible to cancel other packages. So
when you're using %pre to cancel package installation, you're pulling
the carpet underneath everything else in the same transaction: your
package does not know what other packages might depend on it.
Non-zero exit from %pre/%preun should be a last-gasp measure for
preventing install. Its basically okay if you know the package will
ALWAYS be installed alone in a transaction, but there's usually no way
to guarantee such a thing.
- Panu -
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