[Rpm-maint] rpm --verify and replaced files

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Tue Apr 9 05:32:57 UTC 2013

On 04/08/2013 03:00 PM, Michael Schroeder wrote:
> Hi fellow rpm hackers,
> as this comes up from time to time in our bugzilla:
> What's the point of not showing replaced files in 'rpm --verify'?
> I thought it is done this way so that multilib replacements are
> not reported as errors, but they have their own file state

It's a fair question... verification of files with non-regular state was 
always more than a little bit fishy. The situation is somewhat improved 
in rpm >= 4.9.x in that it now tries to verify at least some aspects of 
files with non-regular state but its not much.

> Files have been replaced and the package is broken, but rpm does not
> report anything when verifying the package? Just because another
> package was installed with '--force'?

I suppose the idea has been not to complain when its "known broken", ie 
installed with --replacefiles or --force. The kinda legitimate use-case 
for that would be replacing %config files from another package, for 
everything else forced files pretty much of course equals broken 
package. I agree it would be good to somehow note this in the --verify 
output, but since the verification output is the way it is... ideas welcome.

One possibility might be adding another "field" to the output where any 
non-regular state is shown as a one-letter abbreviation (such as R for 
replaced, W for wrongcolor etc).

	- Panu -

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