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3.6. Building RPMs from Source

As mentioned previously in Section 3.3, “Prerequisites for building Apache CloudStack”, you will need to install several prerequisites before you can build packages for CloudStack. Here we'll assume you're working with a 64-bit build of CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
# yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64 genisoimage mysql mysql-server ws-commons-util MySQL-python tomcat6 createrepo
Next, you'll need to install build-time dependencies for CloudStack with Maven. We're using Maven 3, so you'll want to grab a Maven 3 tarball and uncompress it in your home directory (or whatever location you prefer):
$ tar zxvf apache-maven-3.0.4-bin.tar.gz
$ export PATH=/usr/local/apache-maven-3.0.4//bin:$PATH
Maven also needs to know where Java is, and expects the JAVA_HOME environment variable to be set:
$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64/
Verify that Maven is installed correctly:
$ mvn --version
You probably want to ensure that your environment variables will survive a logout/reboot. Be sure to update ~/.bashrc with the PATH and JAVA_HOME variables.
Building RPMs for $PRODUCT; is fairly simple. Assuming you already have the source downloaded and have uncompressed the tarball into a local directory, you're going to be able to generate packages in just a few minutes.

Packaging has Changed

If you've created packages for $PRODUCT; previously, you should be aware that the process has changed considerably since the project has moved to using Apache Maven. Please be sure to follow the steps in this section closely.

3.6.1. Generating RPMS

Now that we have the prerequisites and source, you will cd to the packaging/centos63/ directory.
Generating RPMs is done using the script:
That will run for a bit and then place the finished packages in dist/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/.
You should see six RPMs in that directory:
  • cloudstack-agent-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • cloudstack-awsapi-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • cloudstack-cli-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • cloudstack-common-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • cloudstack-management-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm
  • cloudstack-usage-4.1.0.el6.x86_64.rpm

Filename Variations

The file names may vary slightly. For instance, if you were to build the RPMs on a Fedora 18 system, you'd see "fc18" instead of "el6" in the filename. (Fedora 18 isn't a supported platform at this time, just providing an example.) Creating a yum repo

While RPMs is a useful packaging format - it's most easily consumed from Yum repositories over a network. The next step is to create a Yum Repo with the finished packages:
$ mkdir -p ~/tmp/repo
$ cp dist/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/*rpm ~/tmp/repo/
$ createrepo ~/tmp/repo
The files and directories within ~/tmp/repo can now be uploaded to a web server and serve as a yum repository. Configuring your systems to use your new yum repository

Now that your yum repository is populated with RPMs and metadata we need to configure the machines that need to install $PRODUCT;. Create a file named /etc/yum.repos.d/cloudstack.repo with this information:
                        name=Apache CloudStack
Completing this step will allow you to easily install $PRODUCT; on a number of machines across the network.