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Preupgrade Assistant contents Packaging guidelines

How to package a Preupgrade Assistant contents

Contents files are packaged as a subpackage of main package (e.g mariadb)

Naming guidelines

Every Preupgrade Assistant content subpackage name must start with preupgrade-assistant-contents- followed by original package name.

For example Preupgrade Assistant content subpackage for mariadb will be named preupgrade-assistant-contents-mariadb.


  • All packages must have
 Requires: preupgrade-assistant
 BuildRequires: preupgrade-assistant-devel

Devel package contains macros and contents validating check script.


  • All preupgrade-assistant-contents-* subpackages must be architecture independent, i.e. have BuildArch: noarch.


  • Macro denoting the parent directory where the package files go is %{preupgrade_dir}. This currently expands to /usr/share/preupgrade.
  • Macro %{preupg_number} means source release from which the system is going to be upgraded, e.g. Fedora 22.
  • Macro %{postupg_number} means target release to which the system is going to be upgraded, e.g. Fedora 23.
  • Macro %{preupg_results} means where the contents files are generated

Prep section

Copy all contents files to Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name} directory.

Content files are:

  • INI file
  • check_script (python or bash)
  • text file with solution description.

Build section

Run command:

%preupgrade_build Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/

%preupgrade_build command has to success. Warning can be suppressed.

Install section

All files from preupgrade directory should be installed with

mkdir -p ${buildroot}%{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}
cp Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}-%{preupg_results}/%{name}/* ${buildroot}%{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/
rm -f Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/*.ini

Files section

  • Directory where Preupgrade Assistant installs files and directories must be owned by the subpackage
%dir %{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}
  • All files except text files should be listed like
  • All text files from content should be listed via
%doc %{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/*.txt

Directory ownership

Directories %{preupgrade_dir} and %{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number} are owned by package preupgrade-assistant itself.

Sample SPEC

Snapshot of mariadb.spec

Name:             mariadb
Version:          %{compatver}.%{bugfixver}
Release:          4%{?with_debug:.debug}%{?dist}
Epoch:            1

Summary:          A community developed branch of MySQL
Group:            Applications/Databases
# Exceptions allow client libraries to be linked with most open source SW,
# not only GPL code.  See README.mysql-license
License:          GPLv2 with exceptions and LGPLv2 and BSD


SourceX:          mariadb.ini
SourceZ:          mariadb.txt

%package -n preupgrade-assistant-contents-%{name}
BuildRequires:    preupgrade-assistant-devel
Requires:         preupgrade-assistant

%description -n preupgrade-assistant-contents-%{name}
The content is used for assessment before upgrading major release via fedup.

# Copy all content files to %{preupgrade_dir}
mkdir -p Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}
cp %{SOURCEX} Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/%{SOURCEX}
cp %{SOURCEY} Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/%{SOURCEY}
cp %{SOURCEZ} Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/%{SOURCEZ}

%preupgrade_build Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}

mkdir -p %{buildroor}%{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}
cp Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}-%{preupg_results}/%{name}/* %{buildroor}%{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/

%files -n preupgrade-assistant-contents-%{name}
%dir %{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}
%doc %{preupgrade_dir}/Fedora%{preupg_number}_%{postupg_number}/%{name}/*.txt