Install a file in different locations depending on environment

Eran Ben Natan eranb at
Sun Jan 5 09:50:06 UTC 2014

Contrariwise, I think #2 is an elegant solution, thanks!
I am wondering why the developers of RPM didn't apply the mechanism used by Solaris packaging that allows you to dynamically set file location based on target system environment.

From: rpm-list-bounces at [mailto:rpm-list-bounces at] On Behalf Of Greg Swift
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 11:31 PM
To: General discussion about the RPM package manager
Subject: Re: Install a file in different locations depending on environment

off top of my head i've got 2 methods....
1: Symlinking.  Put the war in a common space, like /usr/share/<app>/app.war and symlink based on the installed app (i don't think this is as pretty and requires potentially ugly logic)
2: Subpackaging.  Do a subpackage for each of the web servers that drops the package in their known directory pathing. (i guess you could argue there is some ugliness to this too)

On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:14 AM, Eran Ben Natan <eranb at<mailto:eranb at>> wrote:

I want to create an RPM that installs some .war file in a web server deploy directory.
My problem is that on the target server there can be a Jboss or Tomcat, and for each the directory where I should put the war file in different.
Is there a way to do this, without coping the file in the %post?

Eran Ben-Natan | R&D Infrastructure

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