Table of Content

This is a four-parts article. There are few sections here.

Part One
  • Preface: Test Bed
  • Getting Started With Docker
  • Package Management: RPM Frontend, Get Help, DNF Shell
  • Updating System: OS Release, Repository List, System Upgrade, Extra Commands
  • Package IRSIF: Install, Removal, Query Search, Show Info, Install Feature, List File
  • What's Next
Part Two
  • Dependency: Help, Dependency, Reverse Dependency, Test, Tree
  • Group: Group List, Group Info, Group Install, Beyond Group
  • Repositories: repolist, repoinfo, repo-pkgs, --enablerepo, Mirror
  • What's Next
Part Three
  • Plugin: List, Install, Help, Config Manager Example
  • History: The Log File, DNF History
  • Hold Package: Example, Add Lock, Remove Lock
  • Clean Up
  • Build from Source
  • Miscellanous: Downgrade, dist-sync
  • What's Next
Part Four
  • Build from Source: Requirement, Example, Extract, Dependencies, Build, Install
  • Inspect Package: rpmlint, rpm -Qpl, rpmls, rpm2cpio
  • Conclusion

Build from Source

DNF has the capability to download the source code. Then we can utilize other tool to build from source.

Consider choose herbstluftwm as our guinea pig example.

Thank You Community

I was wondering how DNF handle source code, and I finally figure out a generic steps, from the very nice fedora Community in Google Plus.

Let me quote form “Johan Heikkilä”:

Dnf has capability to install source packages, as long as they are available in the installed/enabled repositories. It is recommended to do the following steps as user and not as root.

In this example:

  • I actually alter the steps a bit for clarity.

  • And I still use root for simplicity. It is just docker experience anyway.

  • Using herbstluftwm as an example case

General Requirement

We require to install rpm-build

$ dnf install rpm-build
Last metadata expiration check: 0:25:14 ago on Sun Sep 3 02:01:23 2017.
Dependencies resolved.
Package Arch Version Repository
rpm-build x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28 rawhide 158 k
python3-rpm x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28 rawhide 115 k
rpm x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28 rawhide 528 k
xz x86_64 5.2.3-4.fc27 rawhide 150 k
zip x86_64 3.0-20.fc27 rawhide 270 k

Transaction Summary
Install 35 Packages
Upgrade 6 Packages

Total download size: 17 M
Is this ok [y/N]:
Downloading Packages:
(1/41): bzip2-1.0.6-24.fc27.x86_64.rpm 44 kB/s | 58 kB 00:01
Total 565 kB/s | 17 MB 00:30
Running transaction
Preparing : 1/1
Upgrading : rpm-plugin-selinux-4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28.x8 1/47
rpm-build.x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28
python3-rpm.x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28
rpm.x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28
rpm-build-libs.x86_64 4.13.90-0.git14002.7.fc28


Docker RPM: Build Source

And also these toolchain.

$ dnf install gcc make


Now consider using home directory.

cd ~

Since we have already enable rawhide-source, we can directly download.

$ dnf download --source herbstluftwm
Fedora - Rawhide - Developmental pa 840 kB/s | 66 MB 01:20
Last metadata expiration check: 0:01:12 ago on Sun Sep 3 01:53:48 2017.
herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc27.src.rpm 84 kB/s | 228 kB 00:02

or use --enablerepo and --source instead.

$ dnf --enablerepo rawhide download --source herbstluftwm

Docker DNF: Download Source


We need to extract the previously downloaded package to ~/rpmbuild directory. As you can see below, there are warnings for using root. For real system, please do not use root.

$ rpm -ivh herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc27.src.rpm 
warning: herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc27.src.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID 9db62fb1: NOKEY
Updating / installing...
warning: user mockbuild does not exist - using root
warning: group mockbuild does not exist - using root
warning: user mockbuild does not exist - using root
warning: group mockbuild does not exist - using root
################################# [100%]

Docker RPM: Build Source

Now we have two directories inside.

$ ls rpmbuild/

Docker RPM: Build Source


Since the case is Herbstluftwm, we also need require to install these packages to avoid missing dependencies.

$ dnf builddep ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/herbstluftwm.spec 
Last metadata expiration check: 2:39:31 ago on Wed Sep 20 14:19:59 2017.
Dependencies resolved.
Package Arch Version Repository
glib2-devel x86_64 2.54.0-1.fc28 rawhide 453 k
libX11-devel x86_64 1.6.5-4.fc27 rawhide 984 k
libXinerama-devel x86_64 1.1.3-9.fc27 rawhide 17 k
Installing dependencies:
libX11-xcb x86_64 1.6.5-4.fc27 rawhide 22 k
libXau-devel x86_64 1.0.8-9.fc27 rawhide 18 k
libXext-devel x86_64 1.3.3-7.fc27 rawhide 79 k
libxcb-devel x86_64 1.12-5.fc27 rawhide 1.0 M
pcre-cpp x86_64 8.41-1.fc27.2 rawhide 41 k
pcre-devel x86_64 8.41-1.fc27.2 rawhide 548 k
pcre-utf16 x86_64 8.41-1.fc27.2 rawhide 190 k
pcre-utf32 x86_64 8.41-1.fc27.2 rawhide 181 k
xorg-x11-proto-devel noarch 7.7-23.fc27 rawhide 287 k

Transaction Summary
Install 12 Packages

Total download size: 3.8 M
Installed size: 10 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

Docker DNF: Build Dependency


Consider get in to ~/rpmbuild/SPECS to build.

$ cd ./rpmbuild/SPECS
$ rpmbuild -ba herbstluftwm.spec
Executing(%clean): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.jys9eY
+ umask 022
+ cd /root/rpmbuild/BUILD
+ cd herbstluftwm-0.6.2
+ /usr/bin/rm -rf /root/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64
+ exit 0

Docker RPM: Build Source

Consider going back to ~/rpmbuild directory. Now we can see additional directories inside as built result.

$ ls   

And the build output result

$ ls ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64

Docker RPM: Build Source


Now we can install the previously built rpm.

$ rpm -iv ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64.rpm 
Preparing packages...

Docker RPM: Build Source

Using Mock

There are also Mock solution. But it is beyond this scope.

Thank You

I respect the help from community. Again, thank you.

Inspect Package

Often we need to inspect .rpm package. No need any dnf command, as this more like an rpm issue.

$ dnf install rpmlint rpmdevtools 
rpmdevtools noarch 8.10-3.fc27 rawhide 105 k
rpmlint noarch 1.10-3.fc28 rawhide 189 k


Check for possible issue, similar to lintian or namcap.

$ rpmlint ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64.rpm 
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: spelling-error %description -l en_US subframes -> sub frames, sub-frames, frames
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: spelling-error %description -l en_US workspaces -> work spaces, work-spaces, works paces
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: spelling-error %description -l en_US runtime -> run time, run-time, rudiment
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: spelling-error %description -l en_US ipc -> pic, inc
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: spelling-error %description -l en_US startup -> start up, start-up, upstart
herbstluftwm.x86_64: W: only-non-binary-in-usr-lib
1 packages and 0 specfiles checked; 0 errors, 6 warnings.

Docker Fedora: rpmlint

rpm -Qpl

You can also query file -Qpl directly to the .rpm package.

$ rpm -qpl ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64.rpm

Docker Fedora: rpm -qpl


Or use the rpmls from the rpmdevtools package

$ rpmls ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64.rpm
drwxr-xr-x /etc/xdg/herbstluftwm
-rwxr-xr-x /etc/xdg/herbstluftwm/autostart
-rwxr-xr-x /etc/xdg/herbstluftwm/
-rwxr-xr-x /etc/xdg/herbstluftwm/
-rwxr-xr-x /usr/bin/herbstclient
-rwxr-xr-x /usr/bin/herbstluftwm
drwxr-xr-x /usr/lib/.build-id
drwxr-xr-x /usr/lib/.build-id/3d
lrwxrwxrwx /usr/lib/.build-id/3d/0a8089936f6a6836c973eafe14d619b086c60a

Docker Fedora: rpmls


This one also extract.

$ rpm2cpio ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/herbstluftwm-0.6.2-8.fc28.x86_64.rpm | cpio -vid

Docker Fedora: rpm2cpio, cpio -vid


These are just preliminary knowledge about DNF.

Thank you for reading