Conditional Builds

Rpmbuild supports conditional package builds with the command line switches --with and --without.

Here is an example of how to enable gnutls and disable openssl support:

$ rpmbuild -ba newpackage.spec --with gnutls --without openssl

Enable build conditionals

To enable a build conditional in a spec file, use the %bcond macro at the beginning of the file, specifying the name of the conditional and its default value:

# To build with "gnutls" by default:
%bcond gnutls 1
# To build without "gnutls" by default:
%bcond gnutls 0

The default can be any numeric expression. To pass a complex expression as a single argument, you can enclose it in %[...] .

# Add `--with openssl` and `--without openssl`, with the default being the
# inverse of the gnutls setting:
%bcond openssl %{without gnutls}

# Add `extra_tests` bcond, enabled by default if both of the other conditinals
# are enabled:
%bcond extra_tests %[%{with gnutls} && %{with sqlite}]

Enabling using %bcond_with and %bcond_without

Build conditionals can also be enabled using the macros %bcond_with and %bcond_without:

# add --with gnutls option, i.e. disable gnutls by default
%bcond_with gnutls
# add --without openssl option, i.e. enable openssl by default
%bcond_without openssl

If you want to change whether or not an option is enabled by default, only change %bcond_with to %bcond_without or vice versa. In such a case, the remainder of the spec file can be left unchanged.

Check whether an option is enabled or disabled

To make parts of the spec file conditional depending on the command-line switch, you can use the %{with foo} macro or its counterpart, %{without foo}:

%if %{with gnutls}
BuildRequires:  gnutls-devel
%if %{with openssl}
BuildRequires:  openssl-devel

Alternatively, you can test the presence (or lack thereof) of %with_foo macros which is nicer in other situations, e.g.:

%configure \
   %{?with_static:--enable-static} \

Always test for the with-condition, not the without-counterpart!