NodeJS is a real pain to install, if you do not have Python >= 2.6 available on your system. So basically, you cannot install NodeJS 0.8 on SLES10 without some tricks. Compiling Python 2.7 is one of them, creating a package with the python compiled into the NodeJS install is another – of course ugly – method.
Though, there’s one big issue when packaging script languages and their shebang interpreter: rpmbuild automatically adds the shebang binary as dependency.
So if you got some script having
as the first line, the final package will require /usr/local/bin/python and failing on install.
This even gets worse, when the environment is used, such as
This will make rpmbuild actually query PATH to get the first match for python, which then will be added as implicit dependency.
Well, basically – it sucks. Especially looking for the error. But luckily it unveils a solution.
So, within the spec file (best after BuildRequires), set AutoReq to no.
At least – afterwards the package must make sure that the PATH to python is found correctly in all used scripts.