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How to package software written in Rust for openSUSE Build Service.

Maintaining/Creating packages that use Rust code


You should install the following packages to help build rust packages for OpenSUSE.

zypper install obs-service-cargo_vendor osc obs-service-tar obs-service-obs_scm \
    obs-service-recompress obs-service-set_version obs-service-format_spec_file \
    obs-service-cargo_audit cargo sudo

Optionally, you can install cargo lock2rpmprovides to help generate the license string.

cargo install cargo-lock2rpmprovides

If you want to cache build artefacts, as of osc-0.173.0 you can use sccache to help reduce repeat build times.

# ~/.config/osc/oscrc
sccache = 1
sccache_uri = file:///var/cache/obs_sccache.tar

Alternately you can use a network sccache

# ~/.config/osc/oscrc
sccache = 1
sccache_uri = redis://

Setting up the redis cache is beyond the scope of this page.

Creating the Package

You should checkout your blank package with:

osc co home:<username>/package
cd home:<username>/package

A skeleton RPM spec file for a rust package is:

%global rustflags -Clink-arg=-Wl,-z,relro,-z,now -C debuginfo=2

Name:           hellorust
#               This will be set by osc services, that will run after this.
Version:        0.0.0
Release:        0
Summary:        A hello world with a number of the day printer.
#               If you know the license, put it's SPDX string here.
#               Alternately, you can use cargo lock2rpmprovides to help generate this.
License:        Unknown
#               Select a group from this link:
Group:          Amusements/Games/Other
Source0:        %{name}-%{version}.tar.xz
Source1:        vendor.tar.xz
Source2:        cargo_config

BuildRequires:  cargo
ExcludeArch:    s390 s390x ppc ppc64 ppc64le %ix86

A hello world with a number of the day printer.

%setup -q
%setup -qa1
mkdir .cargo
cp %{SOURCE2} .cargo/config
# Remove exec bits to prevent an issue in fedora shebang checking
find vendor -type f -name \*.rs -exec chmod -x '{}' \;

export RUSTFLAGS="%{rustflags}"
cargo build --offline --release

install -D -d -m 0755 %{buildroot}%{_bindir}

install -m 0755 %{_builddir}/%{name}-%{version}/target/release/hellorust %{buildroot}%{_bindir}/hellorust



There are a few commented areas you鈥檒l need to fill in and check. But next we will create a service file that allows OBS to help get our sources and bundle them for us. This should go in a file called _service

  <service mode="disabled" name="obs_scm">
    <param name="url"></param>
    <param name="versionformat">@PARENT_TAG@~git@TAG_OFFSET@.%h</param>
    <param name="scm">git</param>
    <param name="revision">v0.1.1</param>
    <param name="match-tag">*</param>
    <param name="versionrewrite-pattern">v(\d+\.\d+\.\d+)</param>
    <param name="versionrewrite-replacement">\1</param>
    <param name="changesgenerate">enable</param>
    <param name="changesauthor"> YOUR EMAIL HERE </param>
  <service mode="disabled" name="tar" />
  <service mode="disabled" name="recompress">
    <param name="file">*.tar</param>
    <param name="compression">xz</param>
  <service mode="disabled" name="set_version"/>
  <service name="cargo_audit" mode="disabled">
     <param name="srcdir">hellorust</param>
  <service name="cargo_vendor" mode="disabled">
     <param name="srcdir">hellorust</param>
     <param name="compression">xz</param>

This service file does a lot of the work for us:

  • It will fetch the sources from git, based on the version we set.
  • It will turn them into a tar.xz for us.
  • It will update the changelog for the rpm, and set the correct version in the spec file.
  • It scans our project for any known vulnerabilities These come from the RustSec advisory database.
  • It will download our rust dependencies, and then bundle them to vendor.tar.xz.

You can run this with:

osc service ra

Optionally, you can now run the lock2rpmprovides:

cd hellorust
cargo lock2rpmprovides

This will generate a license string you can copy into the spec file.

You can then add the needed sources and commit to OBS

osc add _service cargo_config hellorust-0.1.1~git0.db340ad.tar.xz hellorust.spec vendor.tar.xz
osc ci

From here, you can follow the How to contribute to Factory guide.

Updating your Package

Once your package has been accepted, you can then update it with the following steps:

osc bco devel:project/pkgname
cd home:username:branches:devel:project/pkgname
osc service ra
osc status

Then inspect the changes, and osc rm any old files, and osc add any updated source files.

From there you can then do a build and a ci/sr

osc build
osc ci
osc results
osc sr