21 March 2013 Jarret Lavallee

Recently I moved to OmniOS from Nexenta Core Platform (NCP). I really liked NCP because of the package manager (apt-get) and the community had repos for common software. In OmniOS I find that the core has more updates than NCP, but there are very few packages in the repositories. So I end up building some software from source. This works fine, but it adds a manual component for doing any upgrade or package management. I decided to create an IPS repo. There is not a lot of software in it and there will not be many updates, but the local repo will help with the management.

Creating a PKG Repository for OmniOS

This guide goes over many of the steps to building the repo.

First create a filesystem for the repo.

[email protected]:~$ sudo zfs create data/repo

Create the repo and set the settings.

[email protected]:~$ sudo pkgrepo create /data/repo/
[email protected]:~$ sudo pkgrepo set -s /data/repo publisher/prefix=repo.moopless.com
[email protected]:~$ sudo pkgrepo info -s /data/repo/
repo.moopless.com 0        online           2013-03-18T15:22:39.444312Z

Set up the web services so the repo can be accessed externally. If I do allow this for external access, it will be behind a reverse proxy on another server in my DMZ.

[email protected]:~$ sudo svcadm disable pkg/server
[email protected]:~$ sudo svccfg -s pkg/server setprop pkg/inst_root = /data/repo
[email protected]:~$ sudo svccfg -s pkg/server setprop pkg/port = 10000
[email protected]:~$ sudo svcadm refresh pkg/server
[email protected]:~$ sudo svcadm enable pkg/server

Now the repo is setup and ready to go, but we have no packages. We can pull packages from other repos, but for this one I want to build extraneous software like irssi.

Building packages

There are some good instructions on creating packages that can be found here.

Before we build the packages, we need to get the package metadata and put it into a build space. I am going to build all of these packages on a separate filesystem. First I will create another filesystem.

[email protected]:~$ sudo zfs create data/scratch/packages

Now we can cd into that directory and clone the version of the package template, but we need to install git

[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ sudo pkg install git
[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ git clone git://github.com/omniti-labs/omnios-build.git
[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ cd omnios-build
[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ git checkout template

Let’s configure the omnios-build environment that we just cloned. Edit the lib/config.sh file and configure it to your environment. I changed the following:


Next we will edit the lib/site.sh file to match our site configuration.


There are many more settings that can be customized.

Building irssi

irssi is an excellent IRC client that is not currently in the repos. It is uses Perl and is an easy install to start on.

We need to create a new template for irssi so we can run the new.sh script to create the build environment for our package:

[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ ./new.sh irssi
Creating new basic build script under ./build/irssi
[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ ls build/irssi/
build.sh  patches

The irssi build directory has been created and template files have been added for us to modify. The build.sh file is a script that is called to build the package. It contains all of the configuration that we will need to change for this package. Edit the build/irssi/build.sh script. The contents below are from my build.sh.

. ../../lib/functions.sh

SUMMARY="$PROG - IRC client with IPv6, proxy, bot, socks and Perl support"

DEPENDS_IPS="runtime/perl \
             library/glib2 \
             library/ncurses \

CFLAGS64="$CFLAGS64 -I/usr/include/amd64"
CONFIGURE_OPTS="--enable-ipv6 \
    --with-socks \
    --with-bot \
    --with-proxy \
    --with-perl=yes \
    --with-perl-lib=vendor \

save_function configure32 configure32_orig
configure32() {
    make_param configure

save_function configure64 configure64_orig
configure64() {
    make_param configure

download_source $PROG $PROG $VER

After saving the build.sh, we can run it to build the software. The only problem is that it will fail to download the source. By default the script will look at ** for the software packages. Before it looks on that server, it will look for the local package in the temp directory. So the easiest way to get the package is to download it into the build directory before running build.sh.

[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages/build_jarret$ wget http://www.irssi.org/files/irssi-0.8.15.tar.gz

Let’s try to build the package. If there is a problem with the build, check the build.log for additional details.

[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages$ cd ../build/irssi/
[email protected]:/data/scratch/packages/build/irssi$ ./build.sh
===== Build started at Mon Mar 18 16:22:23 EDT 2013 =====
Package name: network/irssi
Selected flavor: None (use -f to specify a flavor)
Selected build arch: both
Extra dependency: None (use -d to specify a version)
Verifying dependencies
Checking for source directory
--- Source directory not found
Checking for irssi source archive
--- irssi source archive found
Extracting archive: irssi-0.8.15.tar.gz
Checking for patches in patches/ (in order to apply them)
--- No series file (list of patches) found
--- Not applying any patches
Preparing for build
--- Creating temporary install dir
Building 32-bit
--- make (dist)clean
--- *** WARNING *** make (dist)clean Failed
--- make configure
--- configure (32-bit)
--- make
--- make install
Building 64-bit
--- make (dist)clean
--- make configure
--- configure (64-bit)
--- make
--- make install
Making isaexec stub binaries
--- bin
------ botti
------ irssi
Making package
--- Generating package manifest from /data/scratch/packages/build_jarret/network_irssi_pkg
------ Running: /usr/bin/pkgsend generate /data/scratch/packages/build_jarret/network_irssi_pkg > /data/scratch/packages/build_jarret/network_irssi.p5m.int
--- Generating package metadata
------ Adding dependencies
--- Applying transforms
--- Publishing package
Intentional pause: Last chance to sanity-check before publication!
Do you wish to continue anyway? (y/n)

At this point the package has been built and it is asking us if we want to push the package to the repo. Before we do that we should test the package and make sure it is actually working correctly. Open up a new screen tab or a new window and cd into the temp build space. You should see files similar to the ones below.

[email protected]:/scratch/packages/build_jarret$ ls

The network_irssi_pkg is the package that we want to test. It is called network_irssi because that is what we defined the package to be in the build script. cd into the network_irssi_pkg/usr/local/bin folder and test the binaries.

[email protected]:/scratch/packages/build_jarret/network_irssi_pkg/usr/local/bin$ ./irssi

At this point you would see irssi start. Try connecting to chat.freenode.net by typing /connect chat.freenode.net. Next you should join our channel by typing /join #virtuallyhyper. Feel free to say hello. You can quit the software by typing /quit.

Now that we know that irssi works correctly, we can go back to the original window and type y to publish the package to our local repo.

Do you wish to continue anyway? (y/n) y
===== User elected to continue after prompt. =====
--- Published network/[email protected],5.11-0.151005
Cleaning up
--- Removing temporary install directory /data/scratch/packages/build_jarret/network_irssi_pkg
--- Cleaning up temporary manifest and transform files

Before we can see the package on the repo, we need to refresh it.

[email protected]:~$ pkgrepo refresh -s/data/repo/

Let’s add our local repo.

[email protected]:~$ pkg set-publisher -g http://localhost:10000 repo.moopless.com

Now we can check the repo for our package.

[email protected]:~$ pkg list -g http://localhost:10000
NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO
network/irssi (repo.moopless.com)                 0.8.15-0.151005            i--

Since it is on there, we can now install it.

[email protected]:~$ pkg install irssi

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