[Monetdb-developers] Problem (and possible fix!) with monetdbd.conf path as specified in Makefile.in

Sjoerd Mullender sjoerd at acm.org
Tue Nov 29 09:34:36 CET 2011

On 2011-11-29 08:39, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> On 28-11-2011 15:03:56 -0500, Eric G wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> I'm currently trying to use the OpenSUSE build service
>> (http://build.openeuse.org), to build packages RPMs for for CentOS and
>> RedHat distributions, and i think I've found a bug in a Makefile for
>> MonetDB.
>> Essentially it looks like the explicit path
>> /etc/tmpfiles.d/monetdbd.conf is used in the Makefile located here:
>> MonetDB-11.5.9/buildtools/conf/Makefile.in
> It's sysconfdir/tmpfiles.d (aparently necessary for systemd)
>> ...and the RPM build process doesn't like that. OpenSUSE essentially
>> implicitly enables the "norootdir" option in the spec file (regardless
>> of if it's actually present or not) because RPMs are built is special
>> purpose-built VMs that are provisioned when a "job" to build an RPM is
>> submitted, and the build process doesn't run as root.
>> See here and here for more discussion on this problem (it's a common
>> problem apparently):
>> http://wiki.sipfoundry.org/display/sipXecs/Building+RPM+tips
>> http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Build_Service_Tips_and_Tricks#Permission_denied_errors
>> I think the "fix" is as simple as inserting "$(prefix)" into the line
>> in Makefile.in, so that the build path is used to create the temporary
>> folder instead of attempting to writing to the system-wide /etc folder
>> (the build fails on the Makefile's install phase with permission
>> denied errors because of this static path).
> I think the problem here is that $(prefix) (or ${prefix}) is /usr, and
> etc doesn't belong under /usr, so you could try
> --sysconfdir='${prefix}/../etc' to make SuSE happy.
>> Am I on to something here? If I'm right, can the Makefile.in file be
>> patched please, adding $(prefix)?
> See above why this doesn't make sense.

In addition to Fabian's remarks, all these paths in the (generated)
Makefile.in files are prefixed with $(DESTDIR) (at least, this is the
case on Fedora) which the build process is supposed to use for
relocating the installation during a make install.

Sjoerd Mullender

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