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Common rpmlint warnings and errors

Some rpmlint warnings and errors are generated by MinGW packages. This page explains what they mean and whether they can be ignored. Also details of long-term plans to get them fixed.


All MinGW packages are for development only, so when we passed the guidelines we didn't opt to have a separate -devel subpackage, since the main package would just be empty. See bug 468987.

script-without-shebang [some .la file]

We use *.la files when linking. This is explicitly allowed in the MinGW guidelines that were passed.

Longer term we would like to check whether *.la files are genuinely necessary, and whether we can remove them.


See this comment for a detailed explanation.


See bug 468989.

non-standard-dir-in-usr i686-pc-mingw32

This breaks the FHS, but is permitted by the MinGW guidelines. These directories in /usr are ugly, but are commonly used by cross-compilation tools. The FHS project upstream is dead, so we can't get the directory added to the standard. It is thought to be very complex to remove the need for this directory from gcc and binutils.