Packaging and developer starter guide¶
Rocky Devtools refers to a set of homegrown scripts and utilities created by members of the Rocky Linux community to help with sourcing, creating, branding, patching, and building software packages distributed with the Rocky Linux Operating system.
Rocky Devtools consists of
At a low level Rocky Devtools is a wrapper for running some custom and traditional programs for various package management tasks. Rocky Devtools relies heavily on
You'll need an existing modern RPM based Linux system to install and use Rocky devtools.
Let's walk through a typical installation and usage scenario of the devtools.
Several packages are required on the system before you can begin to use the devtools. These commands have been tested on Rocky Linux but should work on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 too
dnf install git make golang
1. Download Rocky Devtools¶
Download the devtools zipped source from the following URL:
Here we use the
curl -OJL https://github.com/rocky-linux/devtools/archive/refs/heads/main.zip
You should now have a zipped archive named
2. Install Rocky Devtools¶
Locate and uncompress the devtools archive that you just downloaded.
Here we'll use the
unzip command line utility:
Change your working directory to the new devtool source directory that was just created:
make to configure and compile devtools:
sudo make install
3. Use Rocky Devtools (rockyget) to search for and download Source RPMs (SRPMs)¶
Once installed, the main utility for finding and downloading SRPMs is the
rockyget to download the SRPM for the popular
~/rocky/rpms folder will be automaically created.
For our current sed example, its sources will be stored under the following sample folder hierchy:
│ ├── sed-4.2.2-binary_copy_args.patch
│ ├── sed-4.5.tar.xz
│ ├── sedfaq.txt
│ ├── sed-fuse.patch
│ └── sed-selinux.patch
Once you have the original sources, this might be a good time to look through the SPECs file (
~rocky/rpms/sed/SPECS/specs.spec) to look for potential debranding opportinites in the given package. Debranding might include replacing upstream artwork/logos and so on.
If you are looking for other Rocky packages to build and experiment with, you can browse the list of packages that are currently failing in the Rocky automated build environment here - https://kojidev.rockylinux.org/koji/builds?state=3&order=-build_id
4. Use Rocky Devtools (rockybuild) to build a new package for the Rocky OS¶
Under the hood,
mock utilities to build the source package in a chroot environment for the application specified on the command-line. It relies on the application sources and RPM SPEC file that was automatically downloaded via the
rockybuild to build the sed utility:
The time needed to complete the build process/step depends on the size and complexity of the application you are trying to build.
At the end of the
rockybuild run, an output similar to the one here indicates that the build completed successfully.
+ exit 0
Finish: rpmbuild sed-4.5-2.el8.src.rpm
Finish: build phase for sed-4.5-2.el8.src.rpm
INFO: Done(~/rocky/rpms/sed/r8/SRPMS/sed-4.5-2.el8.src.rpm) Config(baseos) 4 minutes 34 seconds
INFO: Results and/or logs in: /home/centos/rocky/builds/sed/r8
If all goes well you should end up with a Rocky ready SRPM file under the
5. Debugging a failed package build¶
The previous rockybuild process will generate some log files that can be used in debugging failed application builds. The results and/or logs of the build process are stored under the
~/rocky/builds/<PACKAGE NAME>/r8. For example
The main files to search for clues for the causes any error(s) are the build.log and root.log. The build.log file should detail all build errors and the root.log file will contain information about the chroot environment setup and tear down processes. With everything else being equal, most of the build debugging/troubleshooting process can be performed with the contents of the build.log file.