rpmbuild: error: Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found Solution

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I‘m trying to build a RHEL 6 rpm of nginx server. But, I get the following error:

+ /usr/lib/rpm/brp-strip-comment-note
Checking for unpackaged file(s): /usr/lib/rpm/check-files /root/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/nginx-1.0.5-1.el6.x86_64
error: Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found:
/usr/local/nginx/conf/fastcgi.conf
/usr/local/nginx/conf/fastcgi.conf.default

….
.
/usr/local/nginx/html/50x.html
/usr/local/nginx/html/index.html
/usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx

RPM build errors:
Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found:
/usr/local/nginx/conf/fastcgi.conf
/usr/local/nginx/conf/fastcgi.conf.default

..
.
/usr/local/nginx/html/50x.html
/usr/local/nginx/html/index.html
/usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx

How do I fix this problem and build rpm file?

To fix this error you need to specify the list of files that will be installed. This is done usong “%files” section. The syntax is as follows:

%files
%defattr(-,root,root,-)
/path/to/dir/
/path/to/file/

The above files can be set as follows in your .spec file (add before %changelog):

%files
%defattr(-,root,root,-)
%config(noreplace) /usr/local/nginx/conf/*
/usr/local/nginx/html/
/usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx

The %files section identifies what files and directories were added by the package. Save and close the file. Now, you can rebuild an rpm as follows:
$ rpmbuild --bb nginx.spec

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

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6 comment

  1. I got this error for a different reason. I defined my BuildRoot as %{_topdir}/%{name}-%{version}-root . rpmbuild had left some files in my BuildRoot , and didn’t remove them. I had to remove these files manually.

    Several people on IBM Developerworks had the same problem. See http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-rpm1/index.html#icomments. The solution proposed by bluebloodpole worked for me, but so did a simple `rm`.

    In fact, the instructions in that article didn’t work for me without some modifications.

  2. If you don’t need those files/directories then just add %exclude macros with the paths and you are sorted – no need to delete from within spec file as when the RPM is built the buld and buildroot are deleted anyway …

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