Postings by Richard Shaw

Should packages providing appdata files own /usr/share/metainfo?

During a package review rpmlint noted that the package did not own

A cursory "rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/share/metainfo" returned no results.

I know rpm can handle multiple packages owning a directory these days but I
don't think it is correct for a package only providing an appdata file to
own /usr/share/metainfo...

So what package should?


Review Swaps

I have a few simple C++ based review requests that I'm willing to perform
review swaps for:

flnet - Amateur Radio Net Control Station
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flwkey - Modem program for the K1EL Winkeyer series
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linsim - Tool for Amateur Radio Digital Mode evaluation
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flcluster - A management tool for accessing dxcluster nodes
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FAS: hobbes1069

armv7hl: Lazarus installed buy lazbuild not found

I'm trying to build a new version of cqrlog for rawhide and only the arm
build failed:

Executing(%build): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.F7VXBm
+ umask 022
+ cd /builddir/build/BUILD
+ cd cqrlog-2.1.0
+ make -j4
lazbuild --ws=gtk2 --pcp=/tmp/.lazarus src/cqrlog.lpi
make: lazbuild: Command not found
make: *** [Makefile:9: cqrlog] Error 127

Checking root.log just in case I see that lazarus was indeed installed...

What's up with that?


Converting selinux commands into a policy file

I have been working on packaging the Ubiquity Unifi controller software for
Fedora and EPEL and the package actually works pretty well.

I've created a review request on RPM Fusion non-free since it's not FOSS
and I've only been given permission to package/distribute.

Currently I handle the selinux issues in %post as follows:

semanage fcontext -a -t mongod_log_t \
"%{_localstatedir}/log/unifi(/.*)?" 2>/dev/null || :
semanage fcontext -a -t mongod_var_lib_t \
"%{_sharedstatedir}/unifi/data(/.*)?" 2>/dev/null || :
restorecon -R %{_localstatedir}/log/unifi || :
restorecon -R %{_sharedst

Debuginfo problem with fpc

I have a package, cqrlog, which is pascal based and the latest version
doesn't appear to do a debug build.

error: Empty %files file

There is a debug target but it doesn't seem to work properly...

make -j4 debug
lazbuild --bm=debug --ws=gtk2 --pcp=/tmp/.lazarus src/cqrlog.lpi
SetPrimaryConfigPath NewValue="/tmp/.lazarus" -> "/tmp/.lazarus"
Hint: (lazarus) [RunTool] /usr/bin/fpc "-iWTOTP"
Hint: (lazarus) [RunTool] /usr/bin/fpc "-va" "compilertest.pas"
Error: (lazarus) invalid build mode "debug"
make: *** [Makefile:71: debug] Erro

glibc-headers no longer provides xlocale.h in 2.26 (rawhide)?

During one of the releng rebuilds my package OCE is failing to build[1]
because it can't find /usr/include/xlocale.h

In both Fedora 24/25 it is provided by the glibc-headers package but it
seems to have been dropped in 2.26 in rawhide.

# dnf repoquery --whatprovides /usr/include/xlocale.h
Fedora 26 - x86_64 - Updates
5.2 MB/s | 10 MB 00:01
Fedora 26 - x86_64
6.5 MB/s | 53 MB 00:08
Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:03 ago on Sat Aug 12 13:18:38 2017.

Unhelpful message about noarch packages differing between arches...

Ok, I was just doing a simple rebuilt of root as OCE was updated to a new
version in rawhide...

The F26 rebuild worked fine but on rawhide I'm getting:

BuildError: The following noarch package built differently on
different architectures: root-doc-6.08.06-4.fc27.noarch.rpm
rpmdiff output was:
error: cannot open Packages index using db5 - Permission denied (13)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
removed /usr/share/doc/root/html/pict1_rs701_BayesianCalculator.C.png
removed /usr/share/doc/root/html/

s390x builders down?

Subject says it all...


F26 update ejected?

I have two packages which I got notifications that they were "ejected" from
the push, an example:

BackupPC-4.1.2-1.fc26 ejected from the push because u"Cannot find relevant
tag for BackupPC-4.1.2-1.fc26.

fedpkg new-sources still uploading twice?

I know this was reported as far back as December...

Am I the only one still seeing sources getting uploaded twice?


Best practice to allow access in packaging scrips

I'm working on improving the packaging for BackupPC, one of the issues is
that it uses a lot of non-standard permission to prevent user access to
potentially sensitive content.

Currently, for the web interface to work the apache user needs to be added
to the backuppc group so that /etc/BackupPC/apache.users can be read for
the password protected login.

Would it be a good idea to do this in %pre/post?

usermod -a -G backuppc apache

Or perhaps use setfacl?

There's several steps the end user has to do but I'd like to automate as
much as possible.


Upcoming BackupPC 4.0

BackupPC 4.0 has been released but there major changes that prevent a
seamless upgrade and some new dependencies that are not in Fedora.

With version 4.0 hard links are no longer used for deduplication and
instead attribute files are stored in each directory.

While 4.0 is backwards compatible with 3.X backups there are some client
side configuration changes that may cause problems.

Additionally there are two new requirements:

rsync-bpc - A fork of rsync to speed up the previous perl based version in
3.X that has added capabilities needed for BackupPC

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GRIPE: A package is not FTBFS if the dependencies can't be installed

I received a FTBFS[1] on one of my packages for the F26 rebuild only to
find out the only reason it failed (that I know of thus far) is that not
all the dependencies could be installed.

The root cause seems to be that not all dependent packages were rebuilt
when boost was updated to 1.63.

%pre is a lie?

I'm working on creating a package for the UniFi controller software for

Hamlib 3.1 coming to rawhide

Probably not of interest to most but I plan on building hamlib 3.1 and
rebuilding its dependencies over the next couple of days.

# dnf repoquery --alldeps --whatrequires hamlib --queryformat '%{name}'


OpenImageIO: i686 builds failing

I could use some help figuring out the best fix for the following problem
where only the i686 builds fail:

cd /builddir/build/BUILD/oiio-Release-1.7.7/build/linux/src/libutil &&
/usr/bin/cmake -E cmake_link_script CMakeFiles/fmath_test.dir/link.txt
/usr/bin/c++ -O2 -g -pipe -Wall -Werror=format-security
-Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector-strong
--param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -grecord-gcc-switches
-specs=/usr/lib/rpm/redhat/redhat-hardened-cc1 -m32 -march=i686 -mtune=atom
-fasynchronous-unwind-tables -O2 -g -DNDEBUG -Wl,-z,relro

Non-responsive maintainer: corsepiu

Unfortunately I am in the position that I must initiate the non-responsive
maintainer policy for Ralf.

The Coin3 package has a serious bug[1] that was only recently uncovered by
GCC 6. During the process of figuring out the problem (and solution) I
asked the devel list for help. Thanks to those that quickly came to my aid.

In my efforts to get the problem fixed quickly I went ahead pushed a fix
into rawhide.

rebase-helper broken?

I keep seeing attempted rebuilds of new versions of my packages fail but in
almost every case I update the version, spectool -g the source down, and
rebuild without issues. The rebase-helper logs are not particularly human
friendly, in this case it looks like it tried to build the old version?!?

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HEADS-UP: Updated yaml-cpp coming to rawhide

I plan to build the latest version of yaml-cpp, 0.5.3, for rawhide soon.
There's no announced soversion bump but abi-compliance-checker doesn't
think they're compatible[1] so probably best to play it safe and rebuild

# dnf repoquery --alldeps --whatrequires ""
Local Packages for Fedora 23 57 MB/s | 172 kB 00:00

freecad: Need help with segfault problem on F24

I'm pretty much stumped on a problem where freecad (really python-pivy)
segfaults on F24 but seems to run fine on F23 and I can't find any
substantive difference between any of the packages.

Strangely installing Coin3 from f23 on a f24 system seems to fix the

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Any pointers/help would be appreciated.


Koschei eating Koji?

I have finally gotten enough packages that I'm starting to run into more
that 2 level deep build dependencies and I'm having a lot of trouble
getting everything built.

I have requested some build root overrides since yesterday and per the
recommended command they don't seem to be complete yet.

I've noticed general sluggishness of the Koji web interface and a large
number of Koschei builds in process.

New OCE and smesh coming to rawhide

Fedora is currently two major and one minor release behind on OCE due to
the fact that smesh had not been updated to some library/API changes.
Secondarily smesh would not build on GCC 6 but that has now been fixed.

I plan to build OCE 0.17.1 and newly released smesh 6.6 in the next day or

On a tangent, I was able to figure out required rebuilds with yum/repoquery
but I can't seem to find the magic incantation for "dnf repoquery".

Is there a documented "best practice/known good" command in the wiki and I
just can't find it?


FreeCAD Fedora 24 packages missing all library dependencies.

I recently got a rash of bug report that FreeCAD on f24 was segfaulting.
After looking at a few things I noticed that the f24 builds seem to be
missing all library based dependencies.

Has this happened to anyone else?


Blender: New error with min/max function not in scope

I was performing a rebuild of Blender after fixing a FTBFS error with
openCOLLADA and ran into an interesting error:

[ 78%] Building CXX object
&& /usr/lib64/ccache/c++ -DHAVE_STDBOOL_H -DNDEBUG -DWITH_DDS
-D__LITTLE_ENDIAN__ -D__MMX__ -D__SSE2__ -D__SSE__

GCC 6 Binaries segfaulting

I have one package where several of the binaries used for unit testing are

I'm guessing that's not likely a direct GCC 6 issue but some googling leads
me to believe that it could be an ABI breakage with a dependency that has
not been rebuilt.

Is that the most likely cause?


openCOLLADA: Help with GCC6 narrowing conversion

Can someone point me in the right direction? My package openCOLLADA is
FTBFS in rawhide with the following (repeating) error:

error: narrowing conversion of '-1' from 'int' to 'char' inside { }

I tried using the gcc6 porting guide but I'm not qutie enough of a
programmer to understand how to apply it in this case.

Rawhide builds complete in mock but fail on koji

I'm getting the following error when I build on koji but all mock builds

Help with Rawhide build error with GCC 6.0

With the release of GCC 6.0 in Rawhide I'm having a build
warning/error[1,2] with OpenImageIO I'm not sure what to do with (other
than adding a flag to ignore it).

Upstream is looking into it but currently thinks that the pugixml API is
requiring a method that GCC 6.0 doesn't like:

[ 3%] Building CXX object
cd /builddir/build/BUILD/oiio-Release-1.6.9/build/linux/src/libutil &&

Upstream release monitoring issue

I was notified by a user that a newer version of trustedqsl was available
so I looked into why I wasn't notified.

For some reason it still thinks 1.13 is the current version when it is 2.2:

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I've tried tweaking things but can't seem to find the magic formula to get
it to work.

Any suggestions?


How to test appdata for a package?

I' m working on a package for a review and have added what I believe is a
good appdata file, at least it passes appdata validation during the build,
but how in the heck are you supposed to be able to test what the result
will look like in gnome-software?

I thought I successfully used gnome-software --prefer-local before but no
matter what I do it doesn't find the package.

I've even gone as far as to try appstream-util install /path/to/appdata.xml
but I'm not sure if that does what I want as the documentation is pretty
light for the options.