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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.