[CentOS] spec file frustration (rant)

Tue Dec 13 23:34:04 UTC 2016
Phil Wyett <philwyett.hemisphere at gmail.com>

On Tue, 2016-12-13 at 14:16 -0800, Alice Wonder wrote:
> I'm getting spec files from centos git which is really convenient when 
> the related source is easy to find. But some things - e.g. from a spec file
> # How to create the source tarball:
> #
> # git clone git://git.fedorahosted.org/git/python-rhsm.git/
> # cd client/python-rhsm
> # tito build --tag python-rhsm-$VERSION-$RELEASE --tgz
> Never used tito before, so I install it and try, and rather than giving 
> me the source package I need - it gives me a python traceback 
> complaining that I haven't configured some things properly.
> Seems a lot of the software distribution world is getting overly complex 
> with an expectation that the end user who needs to exercise his FLOSS 
> rights has to use git or nodejs or for php composer or whatever just to 
> get what use to be available with no more complexity than choosing 
> tar.gz or tar.bz2 or .zip if the dev was Windows.
> Whatever happened to KISS and why can't source tarballs be distributed 
> as source tarballs?
> Back when I was a Fedora packager - the packaging guidelines would 
> reject a package of the Source tarball wasn't a URL and if the timestamp 
> on the tarball in the src.rpm didn't match upstream even if the checksum 
> was identical.
> Guess those days are gone.
> /rant


Not seen this one before, but don't play with much python. The SPEC
really should just refer too a URL too a compressed archive as the
packages home site supplies them.





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