Improving our processes for new contributors.

Mikolaj Izdebski mizdebsk at
Thu Jul 16 22:28:04 UTC 2015

On 07/16/2015 07:53 PM, Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek wrote:
> One thing which I find very annoying when creating new packages is the
> need to use bare rpmbuild commands. I find the split between
> ~/rpmbuild/{SPECS,SOURCES} anachronistic (*), and much prefer the
> fedpkg / distgit approach of having everything in one directory.
> I now usually use the single directory approach from the beginning:
> - git init new-package && cd new-pagkage
> - emacs new-package.spec &
> - spectool -g *spec
> - md5sum ... | tee sources
> - git add new-package.spec sources && git commit -m 'Initial version'
> - git remote add ssh://
> - fedpkg --dist master {srpm,mockbuild,etc}
> Without the fake remote fedpkg fails. I am wondering if there is a way
> to achieve this in a simpler way, or if not, if it would be possible to
> modify fedpkg to support packages which are not part of Fedora out of the
> box. IMHO this would make the process easier and more consistent for
> new (or existing) contributors.

I use simillar workflow of creating new packages, but I have a shell
function which I use to init git repos for new packages.

# Usage: newpkg <name>
    cd ~/newpkg
    git clone git at $1
    cd ./$1
    git push -u origin master:$1
    touch $1.spec
    git add $1.spec

After initializing new git repo this way all important fedpkg commands
should work, except for uploading sources. I simply don't bother
creating "sources" files as sources will need to be uploaded later
during import.

So my workflow is as simple as:

newpkg foo
emacs foo.spec
spectool -g *.spec
fedpkg --dist master srpm
mock ... foo*.src.rpm
fedpkg commit -c
git push

1) workflow uses fedpkg, without rpmbuild or manual md5sum
2) no need to upload spec/srpm to fedorapeople for review - you can use
github and koji URLs, respectively, as seen in [1].
3) future co-maintainers can easily collaborate (open pull requests)
before the package is accepted


Mikolaj Izdebski
Software Engineer, Red Hat
IRC: mizdebsk

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