Cross package maker. DEB/RPM generation or conversion. Derived from jordansissel/fpm.

βŒˆβŒ‹ βŽ‡ branch:  cross package maker

Add crude Python bdist_wheel generation method. Only tested with singular packages. Hack to relocate single module scripts into pkgname subdir + stub Otherwise relies on -s src or -s di
mario authored 2173 days ago last checkin d275f1986
πŸ“‚ .batcave 'dk add ruby fpm' β€Ήβ€Ί 3334 days ago
πŸ“‚ bin - make fpm-npm a toplevel tool β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“‚ examples Add api examples β€Ήβ€Ί 3334 days ago
πŸ“‚ experimental - reading max-rpm internals shows more than the code review does. Winβ€Ήβ€Ί 3626 days ago
πŸ“‚ lib - Fix gem-ification bits (now installs+runs) - Factor out 'deb' packaβ€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“‚ misc - add work-in-progress to build packages with pkgsrc β€Ήβ€Ί 3600 days ago
πŸ“‚ spec Added support for extra control files for debs (fixes #599) β€Ήβ€Ί 2543 days ago
πŸ“‚ templates - Start prototyping generic package creator. β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“‚ test - add more tests - better test running β€Ήβ€Ί 3511 days ago
πŸ“‚ tools - More work converting npm to debs β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“„ .travis.yml - travis can help β€Ήβ€Ί 3325 days ago
πŸ“„ .travis.yml.disabled - disable travis; it's too noisy and I don't have time to keep it hapβ€Ήβ€Ί 2933 days ago
πŸ“„ CHANGELIST - oops. β€Ήβ€Ί 3621 days ago
πŸ“„ Add a Code of Conduct from β€Ήβ€Ί 2338 days ago
πŸ“„ CONTRIBUTORS - add contributors and license file (License is MIT) β€Ήβ€Ί 3622 days ago
πŸ“„ Gemfile - start major refactoring. Design first, this time. With tests. β€Ήβ€Ί 3340 days ago
πŸ“„ Gemfile.lock - start using guard, or trying to anyway β€Ήβ€Ί 3339 days ago
πŸ“„ Guardfile Try to use guard, but like... nothing works. I'll try this later. β€Ήβ€Ί 3339 days ago
πŸ“„ LICENSE - add contributors and license file (License is MIT) β€Ήβ€Ί 3622 days ago
πŸ“„ Makefile 'dk add ruby fpm' β€Ήβ€Ί 3334 days ago
πŸ“„ - Add notes β€Ήβ€Ί 3746 days ago
πŸ“„ README first commit β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“„ - Move to markdown β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“„ Rakefile - Add gem packaging β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“„ TODO - add todo list β€Ήβ€Ί 3315 days ago
πŸ“„ Vagrantfile - Add Vagrantfile + puppet manifest to help me much more easily test β€Ήβ€Ί 2929 days ago
πŸ“„ a Test commit β€Ήβ€Ί 3211 days ago
πŸ“„ 'dk add ruby fpm' β€Ήβ€Ί 3334 days ago
πŸ“„ pkg.rb - Start prototyping generic package creator. β€Ήβ€Ί 3756 days ago
πŸ“„ xpm.gemspec Release xpm branch as v1.3.3.3; rename binary and gem.β€Ήβ€Ί 2307 days ago

cross package maker

fpm greatly simplifies distribution package generation.
xpm is a feature-oriented branch of fpm.

xpm It creates or converts between

  • Debian deb
  • RedHat rpm
  • Node npm
  • OSX pkg
  • Ruby gem
  • Solaris packages, plain zip or tar archives, and a few more..

See the β†’ Howto on common fpm usage examples.

xpm target/source plugins

This variant (precautiosly renamed for parallel installation) adds a few more source/target modules:

  • -t exe assembles Windows SFX "installers"

  • -s src consumes per-file relative pack: specifiers from meta comment fields for source-based apps

  • -t phar bundles PHP scripts into .phar/zip/tars with meta fields

  • -t ipk creates a static Listaller (.IPK) or Limba archive (which is a cross-distro packaging format)

  • -s composer fetches PHP bundles per composer, allows to pack them as phars or system packages (or matroska phar in deb/rpm)

  • -t arch builds a binary Arch Linux package.

A few more are currently pondered..

new features

This fpm branch already provides a few extensions:

  • Multi-target creation in one swoop.

    xpm -t deb,rpm,exe

    Avoids having to call fpm multiple times for creating distinct system packages. Usually package-specific flags --deb-… and --rpm-… can be mixed in one invocation - when they're non-overlapping.

  • Simple post-processing with update filters:

    xpm -u man,appdata

    Update filters are run between input file collection and target package building. They're intended for quick tasks or semi-build functionality. Existing filters:

    • man - compresses man pages
    • appdata - creates pkg.appdata.xml for distro managers
    • desktop - add stub fpm:pkg.desktop file
    • composer - update/generate composer.json for phar target
    • fixperms - limit file permissions (umask 755 / 644)
    • strip - strip debugging symbols from binaries
    • deps - resolve cross-distro library names per whohas/distromatch
    • unprefix - workaround for converting system packages back to local paths
    • lcase - lowercase filenames prior packaging
    • packfile - runs any Packfile within the /tmp/staging dir on assembled files
  • Debian package signing with --deb-sign KEYNAME integrated.

  • Additional --attr option to add custom control header fields (practically an alias for --deb-field, but also works for phar packages, based on attrs{}, so src plugin implicitly populates extra fields).

possible extensions

It's planned or at least considered to add:

  • -t inst β†’ a GUI/Python-based BSD/Linux cross-distro installer (reusing zip, deb, alien, pkcon, xdg-tools)

  • -t msi - for proper Windows packages

  • depending on further research, one of the AppImage-formats (utilizing their actual tools) might make sense

See Research on existing and inactive cross-distro packagers, schemes and initiatives.

build and installation

Meanwhile xpm installs as xpm, to keep any mainline fpm accessible. It's installed per rubygems easily. Either download a prebuilt gem from or assemble it yourself:

  1. Download the xpm.tgz tarball, extract somewhere
  2. gem build ./xpm.gemspec
  3. gem install ./xpm-

Take note that this fetches a few other dependencies, even compiles ffi; so may take a few more seconds. But basically that's it.

fossil β†’ git

I just don't fancy git. That is all. But this fossil repo will be synced back to once in a while.

Or you can just sync it directly from here. Download or install the single fossil binary, then:

  1. fossil clone xpm.fsl
  2. fossil open xpm.fsl
  3. fossil ui

From there you could also just fossil export --git and pipe that into git fast-import.

Alternatively just use the new direct remote export:

  1. wget //

It should be noted that Git is occasionally flaky with its own export format though.