fedmod modularity tools

fedmod provides tools for working with Fedora's modulemd metadata format that aren't related to actually building them (for build commands, see fedpkg and mbs-build).

Currently, this consists of:

  • fedmod <query-command>: simple repoquery-like commands providing operations like listing modules, resolving dependencies for packages, finding out where a certain package is, etc. See the user docs for a full list of available query subcommands.
  • fedmod rpm2module: generates a draft modulemd file based on the given RPM name (multiple RPM names can be given, but the resulting draft module will lack any descriptive metadata in that case)
  • fedmod fetch-metadata: download the F28 package and module metadata needed to generate draft module definitions (the metadata sets to use are not yet configurable)

Project status

fedmod is not yet available from the main Fedora repos, but can be installed from COPR as follows:

$ sudo dnf copr enable @modularity/fedmod
$ sudo dnf install fedmod
$ fedmod fetch-metadata
$ fedmod rpm2module graphite-web

This will generate a draft modulemd file for Fedora's graphite-web package on stdout.

See the local development instructions below for info on running directly from a local development clone with pipenv.

User documentation

Please see the User docs of fedmod modularity tools.

Local development

Runtime dependencies

The preferred dependency management tool for development is pipenv:

$ pipenv --three --site-packages
$ PIP_IGNORE_INSTALLED=1 pipenv install --dev

The PIP_IGNORE_INSTALLED=1 setting means that everything available to pip will be installed into the virtual environment based on Pipfile.lock, and only components that aren't installable with pip will be used from the system Python installation.

Some dependencies aren't currently available from PyPI, and hence need to be installed system-wide:

$ sudo dnf install libmodulemd python3-gobject-base python3-solv

Additional development dependencies

pipenv itself isn't packaged for Fedora yet, so the recommended bootstrapping approach is to use the "pip script installer", pipsi:

$ sudo dnf install pipsi
$ pipsi install pew
$ pipsi install pipenv

This will create a pair of isolated virtual environments in your home directory specifically for pipenv and the tool it uses for virtual environment management, pew. These can later be updated to newer versions using pipsi:

$ pipsi upgrade pew
$ pipsi upgrade pipenv

(Note: the pipsi list command will list all packages installed via pipsi, and the commands they provide)

Running the development version

After setting up the pipenv environment, the development version can be run as follows

$ pipenv run fedmod fetch-metadata
$ pipenv run fedmod rpm2module graphite-web

Alternatively, start an interactive shell as described below for running the tests, and fedmod will refer to the development version.

Running the tests

After going through the environment setup steps above, start a shell that's correctly configured to run the tests with fedmod and all of its dependencies available:

$ pipenv shell

The metadata needed by the module generator tests can then be installed with fedmod itself:

$ fedmod fetch-metadata

The tests can then be run in the launched subshell with:

$ pytest tests

To test the package build process, tox is also supported:

$ tox -e py36

Reviewing project dependencies

To see the Python level dependencies graph:

$ pew toggleglobalsitepackages
$ pipenv graph
$ pew toggleglobalsitepackages

(If you don't turn off global site-packages access first, you'll get the dependency graph of all the installed system Python components as well)

Testing Fedora system package compatibility

While the default development environment is managed with pipenv for a more consistent cross-platform development experience, fedmod is intended to support installation as a system package in Fedora 26 and later.

A specific tox environment is provided to enable this testing:

$ tox -e system

The only component this installs into the environment is fedmod itself: all other dependencies must be available as Python 3 system packages.

Unlike the regular test environment, this environment also implicitly runs fedmod fetch-metadata in order to ensure that the metadata fetching operation also works correctly given only system packages as dependencies.

Publishing new releases

COPR releases

The main current release mechanism is through COPR at https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/g/modularity/fedmod/.

This is configured to automatically build a new release every time a new tag is pushed to the fedmod git repository.

fedmod's RPMs are built with tito, but version tagging is handled with a helper script. To publish a new release, run:

$ ./tag-release.sh <X.Y.Z>
$ git push && git push --tags

PyPI releases

fedmod is also published to PyPI here: https://pypi.org/project/fedmod/

After releasing to COPR to ensure everything is properly tagged, a new PyPI release can be made by doing:

$ cd src
$ rm dist/*
$ python setup.py sdist bdist_wheel
$ twine upload dist/*

The dnf and solv dependencies unfortunately mean the PyPI release isn't particularly useful at this point (pipsi doesn't allow system level dependencies, and even if it did, platforms that provide these libraries are also likely to provide access to COPR).