[Rpm-maint] Packaging dangling symlinks

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Mon Nov 23 15:03:47 UTC 2009

Axel Thimm wrote:

> Hi,
> when trying to package dangling symlinks rpm- as shipped
> by RHEL5 the build ignores the following %files section
> %files devel
> %defattr(-,root,root,-)
> %{_includedir}/nvidia-graphics
> %{_libdir}/nvidia-graphics
> and errors out:
> error: Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found:
>    /usr/include/nvidia-graphics
>    /usr/lib64/nvidia-graphics
> Later versions of rpm work fine. Is there a way to fix this on RHEL5's

A hack I recall using way-back-when was to use 'touch' to create the symlink 
targets, then %exclude'ing them in %files

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