[Rpm-maint] [rpm-software-management/rpm] update mkinstalldirs to latest version (2009) (#275)

Jeff Johnson notifications at github.com
Mon Jul 24 11:26:01 UTC 2017

There are 3 issues:
1) mkdir -p isn't portable and so mkinstalldirs is needed
2) mkinstalldirs is distributed in /usr/lib/rpm
3) mkinstalldirs is copied and tracked in git or other VCS

My comment was wrto issue #3: mkinstalldirs was originally added to RPM in order to assuage the bosses reluctance to use autoconf etc.

I suspect that /usr/lib/rpm/mkinstalldirs is seldom used, and there are zillions of copies for those platforms that might need: distributing everywhere to please a few oddball platforms (OS/2? Windoize? OS X?)

And the correct fix for racy mkdir breaking parallel builds (as described in the autoconf doc cited in pull #205) is to go fix GNU mkdir like install -d (if not already done long ago). 

*shrug* removing mkinstalldirs from git changes almost nothing and does fix your annoyance with autoreconf modifications.

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