[hobbit] Is anyone working on a RHEL/CentOS spec file to build an rpm package?

Russ Hammer russ at perneus.com
Thu Aug 27 16:08:49 CEST 2009


Thanks for this.


On Wed, 2009-08-26 at 09:18 +0200, Christoph Schug wrote:
> Russ Hammer wrote:
> > Is anyone working on a RHEL/CentOS spec file to build an rpm package?
> > If so, is it being integrated into the xymon source tree?
> > 
> > If not, does anyone have one that I could use (at least as a starting
> > point) to build an rpm for xymon 4.2.3 on CentOS 5.3 x86_64?
> Hi Russ!
> I made a client-only package for the CentOS 5.3 nodes of my employer 
> (server is running FreeBSD). As this was done as part of my professional 
> work, I am not sure if I am allowed to publish the spec and patches I 
> made for legal reasons. But at least I can give you some hints and 
> tweaks, which were needed in my case.
> First some patches. I was required to tweak the hobbitd-client target in 
> build/Makefile.rules, as the LDFLAGS were missing 
> 'LIBRTDEF="$(LIBRTDEF)"'. In configure.client I had to source 
> build/clock-gettime-librt.sh and also had to 'echo LIBRTDEF = $LIBRTDEF" 
>  >>Makefile' near where also the LFSDEF definition gets appended to the 
> Makefile.
> When building client-only ('CONFTYPE="client" ... ./configure 
> --client'), the build process always assumes local client mode. 
> Therefore, after the configure you have set 'LOCALCLIENT=no' in the 
> resulting Makefile.
> As you would build the package with no root privs, ensure that you 
> invoke 'make PKGBUILD="1"', otherwise the build process tries (and fails 
> of course) to chmod(1)/chown(1) files. You have to set correct 
> permissions later of using the RPM file list.
> After performing the 'make install INSTALLROOT="$RPM_BUILD_ROOT" 
> PKGBUILD="1"' step, you can remove any hobbitclient-*.sh scripts except 
> hobbitclient-linux.sh. You may also want to allign the file system 
> layout to common standards by relocating directories like 'client/etc' 
> to '%{_sysconfdir}/xymon/client/etc' for example. Same thing for 
> 'client/tmp' or 'client/logs', which should go to 
> '%{_localstatedir}/...' for example. I used symlinks for this approach. 
> Not nice, but IMHO at least somehow better than having stuff like log 
> files under /usr/... You might also want to strip(1) the binaries.
> Final steps were to provide an according run-command script which was 
> copied to '%{_initrddir}/xymon-client'. Also don't forget to create  the 
> user (with the same name as we defined BBUSER when calling the configure 
> script" as part of the %pre script. In the %post should register the 
> service using chkconfig(8), in %preun deregister it after stopping the 
> service. %postun should contain a restart of the service. Evaluate "$1" 
> in all cases to detect if you are dealing with the initial package 
> installation, upgrades or package removal, as written in the RPM 
> documentation. Last but not least you might also have a logrotate 
> configuration file '%{_sysconfdir}/logrotate.d/xymon-client' which 
> performs log file rotation on certain conditions and restarts the 
> service after doing so.
> Sorry, that I cannot provide the full spec for now (have to clarify this 
> with the legal department here), but at least you should have a better 
> idea what's actually needed.
> Cheers!
> -cs
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