[packagers] builders: please include rpm-macros-rpmforge in your build environments

Steve Huff shuff at vecna.org
Thu Oct 22 16:55:00 CEST 2009

hello folks!

this message is directed primarily at our esteemed colleagues who run  
build systems, and stems from a recent IRC conversation.  some  


in a nutshell: Christoph has been working hard to clean up the various  
tangled messes of bogus autogenerated dependencies among Perl packages  
in rpmforge, and i have been attempting to follow his lead as best i  
can.  the solution we're currently using is to use the  
%filter_from_requires macro to scrub out all the autogenerated Perl  
module dependencies, then add them explicitly in the specfile.

unfortunately, this means that none of these packages will build on a  
build system that doesn't have the rpm-macros-rpmforge package  
installed, since that provides the necessary macros.  what's worse, we  
can't even get around the problem by specifying BuildRequires: rpm- 
macros-rpmforge (though i've been doing that anyway, just to make it  
easier to find the affected packages), since rpmbuild can't parse a  
specfile that contains an unresolvable macro :(

so, if it's not too much trouble, please modify your buildsystem  
configs so that this package is always installed, and let us know when  
you've done so; alternately, if you're not going to do this, please  
say so, so that we can look into solving the problem another way  
(though of course i'd prefer not to have to do that).

many thanks,

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an  
improbable fiction. - Fabian, Twelfth Night, III,v

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