Reading file list from .spec files in Python

Stuart Gathman stuart at
Fri Jan 23 17:00:42 UTC 2015

On 01/23/2015 10:21 AM, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Jan 2015, Pavel Fedin wrote:
>>> The %files list is dynamic, and can even be computed in %build (often
>>> done for python packages).
>> I have re-read RPM manual. Are you talking about %file -f blah here ? If
>> so, this is not a problem because cygport also supports picking up file
>> lists. The only thing to do would be to filter out directives like 
>> %mode,
>> %doc, etc.
> Yes, but also wildcards in the filenames expand according to whatever
> was installed in the %install section.  And, just to tweak your nose,
> the filenames contain macros, like %{_mandir}, and the macros can
> be programmatically defined (via mini embedded shell script) when the 
> spec file is run.
I don't mean to discourage your project.  I often end up scrapping 
dynamic file lists when porting an RPM to a new system, and just 
creating a manual list (from the install directory).  So while perfect 
emulation may not be feasible, it will be a very useful tool.  Tweaking 
%files in a spec is small price to pay for a leg up in creating a new 

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