[Rpm-maint] %logfile option for filelists

Seth Vidal skvidal at fedoraproject.org
Wed Dec 2 13:47:03 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Panu Matilainen wrote:

> On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Florian Festi wrote:
>> On 12/01/2009 06:25 PM, Seth Vidal wrote:
>>> Now, that behavior of %ghost is correct for logfiles - but not always 
>>> correct for other files. I was thinking if we had a %logfile option so 
>>> those files did not get removed when the pkg was erased and treat %ghost 
>>> files differently.
>> Changing the behavior of an already existing tag is very unlikely to 
>> happen. You better come up with a new name for the behavior you want to 
>> give to the %ghost tag.
> Yup, we cant go changing semantics of widely used "tags" just like that.
> Never mind %ghost semantics are muddy in various ways, but if we need 
> something else then it needs to be a new "tag" and it should be named for 
> what it does, not a single class of possible use-cases.
> Maybe it would be useful/helpful to have helper macros to "document"
> some of the more common special cases like logfiles, so instead of
>  %ghost <... other noverify etc attrs...> /var/log/foo.log
> you could write
>  %logfile /var/log/foo.log

That sounds fair to me.


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