I am building a bootable ISO to be used to install a Linux image (Oracle Linux, 5.8). This is using anaconda with a kickstart file to select the packages to be loaded. Some of these packages are failing with dependency problems in their %post section.
Eg, this is seen in /root/install.log after the installation is complete:
Installing thirdparty-tools-1.00-09.noarch /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.97891: line 1: ln: command not found /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.97891: line 2: ln: command not found /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.97891: line 3: ln: command not found /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.97891: line 4: ln: command not found error: %post(thirdparty-tools-1.00-09.noarch) scriptlet failed, exit status 127
I'm trying to find out if it is possible to control/override the package ordering, without editing any RPMs to add dependencies. I've been looking through the anaconda / kickstart documentation (https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Kickstart#Chapter_3._Package_Selection), and searching extensively elsewhere, so I think that the answer is actually 'no, you can't do this', which would be a shame.
The problem is that I am trying to include various third-party RPMs, which are not under my control and which have been digitally signed. These include some processing in a %post section. This processing requires some standard Linux commands, eg 'ln', 'touch', etc, which are supplied within the coreutils package. The third-party package does not currently include a dependency on the coreutils package, though obviously it should really. Anaconda uses its own partial ordering algorithm to choose what order to install these packages, and the third-party packages are being installed before the coreutils package. Obviously, the proper solution is to get these RPMs fixed by the third-party; however, this is likely to take too long.
I was hoping that their might be some hidden / un-documented option for the kickstart file, which could add in extra dependencies. Ideally, I'd like to be able to add something like this to the %packages section:
%packages @admin-tools @base @core @system-tools thirdparty-tools # We would like to add some magic command to indicate a missing dependency thirdparty-tools dependson coreutils
So, my question is: Is it possible to control or override the package ordering without editing any RPMs to add dependencies?
[ I asked this same question on the main StackOverflow site, before I realised that this Unix StackExchange site existed, but received no answers yet; apologies to anyone who sees this twice. ]