Adding a helper file to an RPM

Hi all,

I am trying to create an RPM for the Emulex 2.01g drivers for our kernel. The base RPM works fine, but I am now trying to include a helper script in the RPM. This script lives outside the driver source, as I wan't to preserve the emulex tarball.

I tried including
Source: updateinitrd.sh
in my spec file, but it died because it tries to unpack all source files during the RPM creation.

I then tried just adding the file where I do the other installs, but instead of doing
install -m $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/blah
I did
install -m /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/updateinitrd.sh /usr/local/bin

This works fine, and the file then appears in my binary RPM and is installed at installation time.

The problem I have is that the file is _NOT_ included in the resulting source RPM, so rebuilding the source RPM means finding this file and manually copying it into place.

Can anyone advise a solution for this ?
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tykealCommented:
Is updateinitrd.sh listed as one of the sources in the .spec header as well as located in the SOURCES directory from out of which you are working?

For instance:

...
Source0: <baseurl>/%{name}-%{version}.tar.gz
Source1: updateinitrd.sh
...

Later down in %install you should have something like this

...
install -m %{SOURCE1} /usr/local/bin

Now, when you build the sources it should get included inside the srpm as well.  At least that's the theory.  It's been a while since I did something like that ;)
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AnonymouslemmingAuthor Commented:
As I said in my question, if I include updateinitrd.sh as a Source statement in the SPEC file, it tries to untar it, so it fails with an error.
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tykealCommented:
Ahh... sorry missed that part.

I take it your doing a fairly by the book %prep section?

You can do something along the following instead for your %prep

--[cut]--
%prep
%setup -T -b 0
--[/cut]--

If you don't specify a -T to the %setup macro it tries to unpack _all_ sources.  The -b <n> then specifies a particular source to unpack.  If you've multiple sources in there that you need to unpack you can either spell each one out on it's own line, or do a basic bash loop inside the spec file as it's just a bash script anyway ;)

Also, you might want to look through http://www.rpm.org/max-rpm/.  It's old, but very good for the basics.  The particular secion of the book in question is http://www.rpm.org/max-rpm/s1-rpm-inside-macros.html

The other thing you might want to do is look through spec files that others have done.  Whenever I'm trying to do something new for me with RPM I tend to look through the spec files for rpms hosted by www.freshrpms.net and other third party apt repository maintainers.
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