Hi David and the list

Yep - still got RPMs happening for Koha - currently on a Fedora COPR,
rather than on OBS. ( https://copr.fedorainfracloud.
org/coprs/vanoudt/KOHAExtra/ ) The benefit of using a COPR/OBS is that we
don't need to go through all the hurdles to get them into the offical
repos. At the moment, it's basically just packages of the dependencies.
Would be great to get the full debian-style package converted into Koha!

I'd be *more* than happy to open that COPR up to other contributors.

I've also started a github repo, which we could also share, which could
contain .SPEC files etc. (and even the code for modules etc). It would be
great if the spec file for koha itself could be upstreamed. Once it's
working, it shouldnb't be too difficult to keep up todate with new
releases. I'd behappy to keep watch over it.

As for opensuse and other RPM based distros, it should be possible to get
packages that work for both with a little bit of SPEC file magic. These
could be built in OBS, fulling the spec file from the github.

It would be great to have a "meeting of the minds"  :-)

I'm a church pastor most of the week, and only do IT one day a week - of
which Koha is only a part, so I don't generally have masses of time to
devote to it. Having said that, I'm firmly convinced that good packages
should reduce the maintenance burden in the long run!

Nick

On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM, David Cook <dc...@prosentient.com.au>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>
>
> I’m curious how many people are using RPM-based operating systems for
> running Koha. I know the majority are probably using Debian/Ubuntu, but I
> reckon there’s probably more Fedora/RHEL/openSUSE folk than we might think!
>
>
>
> I noticed back in 2013 that Nicholas van Oudt had put together a RPM for
> Koha for Fedora. The link in nabble didn’t work anymore, but I’m curious
> how many people have their own RPM spec files drifting around. I taught
> myself how to package RPMs back in June, and I package RPMs for a different
> much smaller Perl project, but I’m not willing to be a RPM manager for
> Koha. That said, I’m happy to test and QA RPM spec files. The cpanspec tool
> in Fedora/EPEL is also amazing for converting CPAN modules into RPMs.  The
> openSUSE version is awful unfortunately, and I haven’t had time yet to
> investigate with the openSUSE people about fixing it.
>
>
>
> I’ve noticed a few SELinux commands in some Koha code as well. I think
> Marcel might have included those. I think a reasonable alternative would be
> to do a custom policy module for Koha, which perhaps could be hosted in a
> community yum repository.
>
>
>
> We use openSUSE, so I wouldn’t be looking to support Fedora/RHEL myself,
> but maybe if we started making some infrastructure, it could make it easier
> for the RPM using members of the Koha community.
>
>
>
> I know many are probably fearful of opening the door to RPMs since it
> could make support more difficult… so maybe we could have anything
> RPM-related be unofficial. Maybe treat it like contribs instead of part of
> Koha proper.
>
>
>
> Anyway, just an idea. If nothing else, maybe we RPM-based Koha people
> could put together a listserv to share RPM-based system issues. That could
> in theory relieve pressure from the Debian users when people ask them how
> to install Koha on CentOS/Fedora/RHEL, etc.?
>
>
>
> David Cook
>
> Systems Librarian
>
> Prosentient Systems
>
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>
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>
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