Understanding RPM Trigger Scripts?

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I’m trying to get my head around RPM trigger scripts – but currently getting very confused …

I have a custom RPM which has in its spec file a ‘%triggerin’ script for the ‘kernel’ RPM – i.e. a script that I want to run when the kernel RPM
is upgraded/installed

This works OK – once my custom RPM is installed, if the kernel is subsequently upgraded/installed, my trigger script is run

However, the same trigger script is also run when I upgrade my custom RPM – which I don’t want – and so far, I can’t find a reliable way of making sure it isn’t run in this case. The more I search for an answer, the more I get confused :-)

I know this is a bit off-topic and obscure, but does anyone know how to make sure such a trigger script is only run when the RPM that triggers it is upgraded/installed – and not when the RPM that contains the trigger script is upgraded?


James Pearson

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    While looking into doing similar things a few years ago I ran across the following PDF. It has several pages on doing triggers, and looked promising to help my understanding, I just got pulled onto a different project before getting to test out the ideas. I think page 25 would be of interest to you.


    I hope this pointer to info helps.

    Even when this disclaimer is not here:
    I am not a contracting officer. I do not have authority to make or modify the terms of any contract.

  • Denniston, Todd A CIV NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane wrote:

    Thanks – but it doesn’t really give any more info that isn’t elsewhere on the Web e.g. it doesn’t give any clues on how to check if the trigger script is being run by the RPM containing the trigger script or by the triggering RPM

    After several hours of installing, upgrading, removing, etc (in various combinations) test trigger and triggering RPMS, I think I’ve now got something that I can work with – it’s a bit messy, but it will now work in a predictable fashion


    James Pearson