[tor-dev] We need a new RPM maintainer

Tom van der Woerdt info at tvdw.eu
Thu Jun 16 13:56:54 UTC 2016

I can do it. I already package my own RPMs, so I may as well do that properly. 

No ldap account though. 


> On 16 Jun 2016, at 15:06, Nick Mathewson <nickm at torproject.org> wrote:
> Hi, all!
> Ondrej Mikle, who has built our RPMs for a while, is no longer able to
> do so. (He isn't using RPM distros any more, doesn't have as much free
> time, and etc.)
> First: Thanks, Ondrej, for all your hard work!
> Here's the instructions he sent on how to do it (quoted with permission):
> {{{
> Basically every part of the process is documented here:
>  https://gitweb.torproject.org/user/hiviah/rpm-build-scripts.git/tree/README
> It's maybe not the best README, because the actual merge-and-build
> part is in the middle (but I always use it, otherwise I'd just forget
> all the necessary steps). Nevertheless, the introduction maybe
> necessary for someone not familiar with the process.
> The process in the short is:
> 0. have the environment ready (has to be done just once)
> 1. clone my own RPM fork which has RPM changes
> (https://gitweb.torproject.org/user/hiviah/rpm-tor.git)
> 2. Merge and build according to "MERGING REPO USED FOR RPM BUILDING FROM ORIGIN"
> 3. Download, review, sign the built RPMs (I used feddei.tpo VM for
> this, but you can have your own VM as I had last time since feddei.tpo
> was down)
> 4. upload to palmeri.tpo
> 5. distribute to everyone else via "static-update-component
> deb.torproject.org" on palmeri.tpo
> I could walk somebody through this, as I said, this is not rocket
> surgery, mostly attention to detail :)
> If there ever was a critical need for a special build due to some
> unforseen bug, I could still do it, but this is for exceptional case
> only.
> }}}
> The easiest way for RPMs to happen would be if somebody who already
> has a Tor LDAP account wants to step forward and volunteer for a
> while. It would be harder if this were somebody that we didn't know
> who volunteered: until our RPM process creates reproducible builds, we
> need to have some amount of trust in the person who creates them.
> There may be other issues here too.  I am no packaging expert. :)
> best wishes,
> -- 
> Nick Mathewson
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