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RPM %defattr not working

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I'm installing an RPM package with a package.spec that tries to use the %defattr to set permissions and ownership for all files.  This is from package.spec:

%files
%defattr(0755,someId,user)
/base/runtime/standalone/listener.jar
/base/runtime/standalone/service.jar
/base/runtime/standalone/snap.jar

The rpm installation is done with scsudo like this:

scsudo root -i --prefix /home/userId test-5-1.0.noarch.rpm

The files get created correctly, but the owner/group is root/root.

Does anyone understand what might be wrong here?
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Do the user and group listed in %defattr exist on the system?
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by:jkavx
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Yes.
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by:jkavx
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The problem is that files are being set with the correct attributes but directories are not.  When I dirlled down I found that the 3 .jar files have the desired permissions, owner, group.  So let me change the question somewhat.  How do you list directores in the %files section.  If I do this:
%files
%defattr(0755,someId,user)
/base/runtime
/base/runtime/standalone
/base/runtime/standalone/listener.jar
/base/runtime/standalone/service.jar
/base/runtime/standalone/snap.jar

rpmbuild fails after warning that files are listed twice.

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try adding dir permissions at the end

%defattr(0755,someId,user,0775)

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No.  It doesn't work.  I'm finding I can set the %defattr, list all directories, and then use %attr for each listed file so that dirs can have one permission and files another.  
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Found an approach that works.
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Ah good call, that makes sense.

Good job!
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