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Limit Scriptlet Usage of core packages


Remove direct scriptlet calls from "core packages" (those that are used to build minimal container image). The packages can still affect changes during installation by placing files in the correct locations to trigger registered external programs.


  • Name: James Antill
  • Email: <your email address so we can contact you, invite you to meetings, etc. Please provide your Bugzilla email address if it is different from your email in FAS>

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-06-08
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

Remove direct scriptlets from most (if not all) of the packages in the main fedora container image. This means all four of: %pre/%post/%preun/%postun. After this change some kind of temporary exception would have to be granted before those packages could add a scriptlet back.

Benefit to Fedora

At the moment all of the packages with scriptlets (and anything installed with them) are basically opaque programs that happen to also carry files that are installed, from all of the packaging tools (rpm, ostree, composer, etc.) . After this change the entire installation of the main container image will be declarative, and thus. understandable by all of those tools. This should make things faster, and allow new optimizations (as well as features).


  • Proposal owners:
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: We should ban new scriptlets appearing in any of the fixed packages.

How To Test

All of the following should provide no output on a standard container:

* rpm -a --qf '%{preinprog}'
* rpm -a --qf '%{preunprog}'
* rpm -a --qf '%{postinprog}'
* rpm -a --qf '%{postunprog}'
* rpm -a --qf '%{pretransprog}'
* rpm -a --qf '%{posttransprog}'

User Experience

There should be no noticeable difference to users.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

Until higher levels start to depend on the scriptlets not being present we just let those packages have scriptlets again, if it's required.

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes