Today while using bdist_rpm to build a quick package to test desktopcouch, the build failed on man pages. It took a while to figure out what to google for, but it turns out it’s this bug which will turn 7 years old come Friday.
That is a little embarassing. I don’t know if it’s because bdist_rpm hardly ever gets used or because it’s hard to figure out what the bug is or how to report it.
In any case, I attached a patch that worked for me today against python 2.6. I punted on actually rebuilding Python for Fedora for my repo since it’s a little bit overkill (the plan is to build a proper .spec file anyway for the package), but if you need the patch it’s in the bug report.