Reading file list from .spec files in Python

Fabricio Cannini fcannini at
Fri Jan 23 17:13:52 UTC 2015

On 23-01-2015 15:00, Stuart Gathman wrote:
> 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
> package.

+1 against dynamic file lists.
On top of what Stuart said, most of the softwares that I package change 
the amount and name of files between versions, so tweaking the %files 
section is easier ( for me ) than regenerating the file lists.

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