Packaging for OmniOS goes over how to create a package using the same build system as is used for building OmniOS. The layout of this repository seems designed for building already written software to be used in OmniOS. If you need to package your own software then this can be more overhead then you are looking for. The tools used by that GitHub repository are included in the default installation of OmniOS and have plenty of documentation on Oracle's site about how to use IPS. It turns out you can start making packages for OmniOS with only a few commands.
This post will cover the tools required to create a package, not necessarily best practices in packaging for OmniOS.
I've created an example repository that can build and upload a package to an IPS package depot if you want to skip ahead.
The packaging commands we will be using are
pkgsend - Generates the package manifest and publishes the package
pkgmogrify - Transforms the package manifest
pkglint - Linter for package manifests
pkgfmt - Formatter for package manifest
pkgrepo - (optional) Refresh the repository search index after upload
We will be packaging a Hello World script stored in
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#!/usr/bin/bash echo Hello World!
This file needs an execute bit as well so we will run
chmod +x hello-world.sh
Building the Manifest
pkgsend will generate a manifest for us if we can build a directory that
mimics the deployed layout. If we put our script in
build/usr/bin (and remove
the extension) then run
pkgsend generate build we will get a manifest of
files and directories to package.
$ /usr/bin/pkgsend generate build dir group=bin mode=0755 owner=root path=usr dir group=bin mode=0755 owner=root path=usr/bin file usr/bin/hello-world group=bin mode=0755 owner=root path=usr/bin/hello-world
Our manifest so far says we need two directories and a file. This would be
enough of a manifest to start with but can be problematic if the directories
don't line up with the host used to install the package. It would be better to
remove the directories and assume that
/usr/bin already exists on the system,
since it really should already be there.
pkgmogrify can take a manifest and a transform file and output a
A simple transform to do this will be stored in
<transform dir path=usr -> drop>
This will drop any directories that include the path
usr. If you need are
building a more complex directory structure then using something like
usr/bin$ as the path will only drop the common
/usr/bin elements from the
For this we will write the manifest to a file the mogrify it to remove the directories.
$ /usr/bin/pkgsend generate build > manifest.pm5.1 $ /usr/bin/pkgmogrify manifest.pm5.1 transform.mog file usr/bin/hello-world group=bin mode=0755 owner=root path=usr/bin/hello-world
This now has just our script in the manifest. Using
pkgmogrify we can easily
script changes to manifests instead of relying on manual changes to clean up a
We'll write the updated manifest to a new file
$ /usr/bin/pkgmogrify manifest.pm5.1 transform.mog > manifest.pm5.2
We have the manifest for what the package should contain but we still need to describe the package with metadata. We will need to include at least a name, version, description, and summary for the package.
The name and version are contained in an Fault Managed Resource Identifier or FMRI.
I recommend reading the link above about proper format and conventions for
FMRIs but for now we will write
metadata.mog to contain
set name=pkg.fmri email@example.com,0.1.0-0.1.0:20160915T211427Z set name=pkg.description value="Hello World" set name=pkg.summary value="Hello World shell script"
We can use
pkgmogrify to combine our metadata and current manifest file to
make a file manifest used for publishing our package. In this case we use
pkgfmt to format the file as well.
$ /usr/bin/pkgmogrify metadata.mog manifest.pm5.2 | pkgfmt > manifest.pm5.final
The manifest we have now should work for publishing the package. We can verify
pkglint on the final manifest to check.
$ /usr/bin/pkglint manifest.pm5.final Lint engine setup... Starting lint run... $ echo $? 0
No errors or warnings, wonderful!
Publishing the Package
We now have a directory structure for the package we would like to create as well as a manifest saying how to install the files. We can publish these components to an IPS package depot with
$ pkgsend publish -s PKGSERVER -d build/ manifest.pm5.final pkg://firstname.lastname@example.org,0.1.0-0.1.0:20160916T182806Z PUBLISHED
-s specifies the package server,
-d specifies the directory to read, and we pass along the path to our manifest. Our package was then published!
If you are using an HTTP depotd server to publish and see the error
Publisher 'default' has no repositories that support the 'open/0' you will
need to disable read-only mode
for the server or publish to a filesystem repository.
Refresh the Package Search Index
The HTTP depotd interface doesn't refresh the search index when a package is published. This can be done with the
$ pkgrepo refresh -s PKGSERVER