Building modules locally

This page walks you through building modules locally on your machine.


Before you can start building modules locally, you have to install the dependencies below:

$ sudo dnf install module-build-service fedpkg rpkg

If you are not running the build commands as root you have to add your user to the mock group:

$ sudo usermod -a -G mock USERNAME
$ newgrp

Build your module from distgit

Local builds are started using fedpkg from within your dist-git repository.

For example, to submit a build of the testmodule:master module, run:

Local builds don’t support stream expansion. If your module depends on multiple streams of another module, such as platform, you need to specify what stream you want to build against. For example: fedpkg module-build-local -s platform:f28.
$ fedpkg clone modules/testmodule
$ cd testmodule
$ git checkout master
$ fedpkg module-build-local

When the build finishes, you’ll be able to find the results in:


where MODULE is "module-NAME-STREAM-VERSION", so for example "module-testmodule-master-20180612122805".

Build your module with other SCM

This feature is experimental use it at own risk. If you can use distgit for building your packages.

Building modules from other SCM (github, gitlab etc.) is more complicated then disgit. The installation prerequisities are the same as for disgit.

When all the prerequisities where installed we need to configure MBS and.

MBS configuration

We need to set a configuration option in main MBS configuration file so it will accept other SCM urls not only disgit. In the file /etc/module-build-service/ we add the DISTGITS property to the BaseConfiguration class.

class BaseConfiguration(object):
    DISTGITS = {"<scm_url_you_want_to_build_from>": (<cmd_that_clones_your_repo>, <cmd_which_gets_your_package_source>)}

The defaults for the DISTGITS property can be found here. The DISTGITS repository is a python dictionary. Each key of the DISTGITS property represents an SCM url. When MBS resolves where from to download the spec files and sources for the build process, it will look into the DISGITS property and try to match package urls with the keys of the dictionary. When a match is found then MBS knows this SCM is enabled.

The value part of each key in the DISTGIT property represents a python tuple with 2 elements. First element represents a bash command which clones your package repository into the package buildroot. Second element represents a bash command which downloads sources of your package into the SOURCE dir in the package buildroot at build time.

For example if the packages are hosted on github and we use rpmbuild built-in feature to download sources, the DISTGITS would look like this:

class BaseConfiguration(object):
    DISTGITS = {"": ("git clone {repo_path}", None)}

The {repo_path} will be replaced during runtime with url you provided in your modulemd yaml file when defining packages, but only for the first element of the tuple. The second element is set to None as it won’t be downloading package sources through MBS but through rpmbuild. Although this needs to be enabled in your spec files. If you don’t want to modify your spec files, then you have to define a bash command which will download your package sources.

Spec file configuration (Optional)

To enable downloading package sources through rpmbuild, you have to modify the spec file of your RPM packages. By default rpmbuild does not download your sources from Source0. To enable this feature you need to define the _disable_source_fetch property to 0 somewhere before the Source0 directive:

%define _disable_source_fetch 0
Source0:        <url_to_your_source>

MBS Mock configuration

MBS has its own configuration file for Mock. The file can be found in /etc/module-build-service/mock.cfg. To be able to download package sources from the buildroot chroot environment we need to enable networking for mock. Just add this into the /etc/module-build-service/mock.cfg:

config_opts['rpmbuild_networking'] = True

Building the module

When the initial setup has been done you can build the module stream with the following command:

mbs-manager build_module_locally --offline -r /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo --file <path_to_modulemd_file> --stream <name_of_module_stream>

The logs and artifacts can be found in:


Where MODULE is "module-NAME-STREAM-VERSION", so for example "module-testmodule-master-20180612122805".

The MODULE directory holds the MBS main log. Further in the results/ directory you will find logs for each package buildroot and the build artifacts.

Testing your module

This requires Fedora 28 or higher.

To test your module, add the repository to your system by creating an entry similar to this in /etc/yum.repos.d/test.repo:

name=My Local Repository

Please replace "adam" with your user name, and "module-testmodule-master-20180612122805" with the actual value for your module.

Now, when you list the available modules on your system, you should be able to see it and install it:

$ dnf module list
$ dnf module install testmodule:master