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packit srpm

Create a SRPM of the present content in the upstream repository.

By default, packit uses git describe --tags --match '*.*' to create a unique version of the snapshot and git archive -o "{package_name}-{version}.tar.gz" --prefix "{package_name}-{version}/" HEAD to create a tarball with upstream sources.

You can override the archive and version commands in packit.yaml, e.g. this is what we use in ogr, a library which packit is using:

- python3 sdist --dist-dir ./fedora/
- bash -c "ls -1t ./fedora/*.tar.gz | head -n 1"
get-current-version: python3 --version


  • Upstream project is using git.
  • Packit config file placed in the upstream repository.


  1. Place a config file for packit in the root of your upstream repository..

  2. Now we would generate a SRPM for ogr project:

    $ packit srpm
    Version in spec file is "0.0.3".
    SRPM: /home/tt/g/user-cont/ogr/python-ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29.src.rpm

    We can now build the package:

    $ rpmbuild --rebuild /home/tt/g/user-cont/ogr/python-ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29.src.rpm
    Installing /home/tt/g/user-cont/ogr/python-ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29.src.rpm
    Executing(%prep): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.95VZ3c
    + umask 022
    + cd /home/tt/rpmbuild/BUILD
    + cd /home/tt/rpmbuild/BUILD
    + rm -rf ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318
    + /usr/bin/gzip -dc /home/tt/rpmbuild/SOURCES/ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318.tar.gz
    + /usr/bin/tar -xof -
    + STATUS=0
    Executing(%build): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.aYyTMP
    Executing(%install): /bin/sh -e /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.fotlPv
    + exit 0
    Provides: python3-ogr = 0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29 python3.7dist(ogr) = 0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318 python3dist(ogr) = 0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318
    Requires(rpmlib): rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1 rpmlib(FileDigests) <= 4.6.0-1 rpmlib(PartialHardlinkSets) <= 4.0.4-1 rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
    Requires: python(abi) = 3.7 python3.7dist(gitpython) python3.7dist(libpagure) python3.7dist(pygithub) python3.7dist(python-gitlab)
    Checking for unpackaged file(s): /usr/lib/rpm/check-files /home/tt/rpmbuild/BUILDROOT/python-ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29.x86_64
    Wrote: /home/tt/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/python3-ogr-0.0.4.dev11+gc9956c9.d20190318-1.fc29.noarch.rpm
    + exit 0


Usage: packit srpm [OPTIONS] [PATH_OR_URL]

Create new SRPM (.src.rpm file) using content of the upstream repository.

PATH_OR_URL argument is a local path or a URL to the upstream git
repository, it defaults to the current working directory

--output FILE Write the SRPM to FILE instead of current
--upstream-ref TEXT Git ref of the last upstream commit in the
current branch from which packit should
generate patches (this option implies the
repository is source-git).
--update-release / --no-update-release
Specifies whether to update Release.
Defaults to value set in configuration,
which defaults to yes.
--bump / --no-bump Deprecated. Use --[no-]update-release
--release-suffix TEXT Specifies release suffix. Allows to override
default generated:{current_time}.{sanitized_
--default-release-suffix Allows to use default, packit-generated,
release suffix when some release_suffix is
specified in the configuration.
-p, --package TEXT Package to source build, if more than one
available, like in a monorepo configuration.
Use it multiple times to select multiple
packages.Defaults to all the packages listed
inside the config.
-h, --help Show this message and exit.

As you can see, it is possible to create SRPM for source-git repositories as well. Just add an --upstream-ref option to the packit command.

If you have a git tag 0.1.0 specifying the upstream code, just run packit srpm --upstream-ref 0.1.0 to create an SRPM file. It will create an archive from the given upstream reference (0.1.0) and following commits will be added as downstream patches.

Just make sure, that you apply all the patches in the specfile. (Packit only adds the patches after the sources.) You can use a following setup:

  • Define the macro on top of the specfile:

    %global num_patches %{lua: c=0; for i,p in ipairs(patches) do c=c+1; end; print(c);}
  • Apply the patches in the %prep part:

    %if %{num_patches}
    git init
    git config ""
    git config "John Foo"
    git add .
    git commit -a -q -m "%{version} baseline."
    # Apply all the patches.
    git am %{patches}