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Bug 2999 - rpmrc provides lines are misdocumented
Summary: rpmrc provides lines are misdocumented
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jay Turner
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1999-05-24 08:20 UTC by Nigel Metheringham
Modified: 2015-01-07 23:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-05-26 00:19:31 UTC

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Description Nigel Metheringham 1999-05-24 08:20:33 UTC
If building rpm for a non-RH system you need to load
the rpmrc with dependancy data of the host OS.  This is
documented in the INSTALL file in the source:-

> You may add as many "provides: " lines as you like
> to /etc/rpmrc/ but they can not be continued.
> Each line is limited to 8K bytes.

rpm v3.0 only uses the last "provides:" line in the rpmrc.

Although this is only a documentation bug, the documented
behaviour of rpm would be considerably more sensible.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-24 15:50:59 UTC

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-26 00:19:59 UTC
Fixed in rpm-3.0.2-0.1. You might also look at writing specfiles
for one or more packages with virtual provides, as in
	Name: vpkg1
	Version: 1.0
	Provides: /bin/sh
which IMHO is an easier way to manage the same problem. Unlike
using %ghost, doing "rpm -e ..." removes just the provides w/o
removing the files that are provided.

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