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Running a local pkg.depotd in an OSOL appliance

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

[[ OSOL-only entry here, with interest for KDE only from the perspective of “it’s a package server that will be serving up the KDE packages for OSOL”. ]] There’s some bits and pieces involved in setting up an OSOL appliance to be actually useful for serving up packages, so I thought I would document them here.

Adding a user and configuring ssh access: The adduser command in OSOL is a little arcane compared to the interactive versions available on FreeBSD and GNU/Linux, so may as well: useradd -s `which bash` -m username and remember to set up ssh access for that user. This user is also going to have the pkg repository available.

Making sure that the user can ssh login: On my OSOL appliance, /dev/ptmx is missing (which is a known problem, see this forum thread with the always-helpful Alan Coopersmith on it), so I followed the instructions there.

Setting up static IP: The appliance is configured to use DHCP from the local network. For my later use I need a static IP, so I picked and as hostnames (there’s already a host with that name, elsewhere, which is the current FreeBSD-based package server for KDE’s OSOL packages). I added the hostname and IP in /etc/hosts, checked that /etc/nsswitch.conf was using files and dns, edited /etc/nwam/llp to set the interface to static IP (as described here), and added an /etc/hostname.e1000g0 matching one of the hostnames I had just set up. One reboot later (presumably svcadm restart would do, but it didn’t work for me in my haste), things were working and I could ssh in. While I was at it, I also modified /etc/nodename to use the new name of the machine (see, for instance, this thread on changing the hostname).

Setting up pkg.depotd space: As root, I ran pkg.depotd once to set up the repository space before setting it up to auto-start. /usr/lib/pkg.depotd -d /export/home/pkg -p 10000 --set-property starts the server. I checked that it was working at all by visiting from the host machine and then I stopped the server again.

Further configuration of pkg.depotd: Next, I use the Service Management Facility (SMF) to configure the package server further. svccfg -s application/pkg/server starts a command-line for configuration purposes. I set the port and root directory for the pkg.depot server here:
setprop pkg/port = 10000
setprop pkg/inst_root = /export/home/pkg
After that bit of configuration was done, I used svcadm refresh svc:/application/pkg/server ; svcadm restart svc:/application/pkg/server to start up the package server by hand, and checked once again that it was actually running. Then I rebooted, and checked that it was running still, just to be sure it will come back under a reboot of the host.

Minor remaining configuration issues: I switched off atime on the filesystem hosting the package respository, so that those are not updated on every package view (zfs set atime=off rpool/export, which reminds me I could have gone for a finer-grained setup by creating a filesystem for the packages first). I also set the read-only flag so that people can’t just publish into this repository — the KDE4-OpenSolaris people use tarballs + ssh for that. I also modified some settings in /export/home/pkg/cfg_cache to reflect the purpose of the repository better.