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holo-build - cross-distribution system package compiler

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Holo relies on system packages to deploy configuration files and install applications. Distributions offer tooling to build such packages, but most of the time, these tools impose an unnecessary overhead when the goal is just to package up a few static files and list some dependencies. holo-build provides a simple, distribution-independent package description language and generates a system package from such a description. Supported package formats include dpkg, pacman and RPM.

name     = "hologram-systemd-timesyncd"
version  = "1.0"
author   = "Jane Doe <>"
requires = ["systemd"]

path     = "/etc/systemd/timesyncd.conf.d/server.conf"
content  = """

# as created by `systemctl enable systemd-timesyncd`
path     = "/etc/systemd/system/"
target   = "/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service"

on     = "setup"
script = "systemctl daemon-reload && systemctl start systemd-timesyncd"

on     = "cleanup"
script = "systemctl stop systemd-timesyncd"


It is recommended to install holo-build as a package. The website lists distributions that have a holo-build package available.

holo-build requires Go and Perl as build-time dependencies. There are no runtime dependencies other than a libc. Once you're all set, the build is done with

make check
sudo make install


User documentation is available in man page form.

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