Effing Package Management.
Package maintainers work hard and take a lot of shit. You can't please everyone. So, if you're a maintainer: Thanks for maintaining packages!
Sometimes packaging is done wrong (because you can't do it right for all situations), but small tweaks can fix it.
And sometimes, there isn't a package available for the tool you need.
And sometimes if you ask "How do I get python 3 on CentOS 5?" some unhelpful trolls will tell you to "Use another distro"
Further, a recent job switch has me now using Ubuntu for production while prior was CentOS. These use two totally different package systems with completely different packaging policies and support tools. It was painful and confusing learning both. I want to save myself (and you) that pain in the future.
It should be easy to say "here's my install dir and here's some dependencies; please make a package"
The Solution - FPM
I want a simple way to create packages without all the bullshit. In my own infrastructure, I have no interest in Debian policy and RedHat packaging guidelines - I have interest in my group's own style culture and have a very strong interest in getting work done.
The goal of FPM is to be able to easily build platform-native packages.
- Creating packages easily (deb, rpm, etc)
- Tweaking existing packages (removing files, changing metadata/dependencies)
- Stripping pre/post/maintainer scripts from packages
Get with the download
You can install fpm with gem:
gem install fpm
It ships with 'fpm' and 'fpm-npm' tools.
Things that are in the works or should work:
- gem (even autodownloaded for you)
- node packages (npm)
See the wiki for more docs: https://github.com/jordansissel/fpm/wiki