Building a RPM of Nginx with SPDY support for CentOS/RHEL (using Vagrant)
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Nginx RPM builder with SPDY

Unfortunately, does not provide RPMs with SPDY support. However, it can be built on your self with only a minor change in the SPEC file (see src/build/diff/nginx.spec.patch) and a separately downloaded version of OpenSSL.


Generally spoken, the requirement for a RPM build is a binary compatible building environment with additional build tooling packages.

This build task uses Vagrant to configure a virtual machine configured in the configuration file based on a CentOS (64bit). For this setup, the command vagrant should be available in the path.

Quick start

Use the shell script in the project root directory.

Internally, the scripts processes the following tasks:

  1. create a new virtual machine (based on a predefined one which have to be downloaded at the very first time),
  2. boot into it,
  3. provisioning all required build tools,
  4. downloads source versions of OpenSSL and Nginx,
  5. patches the nginx.spec enabling SPDY support,
  6. building the actual RPM,
  7. stores the effective RPM at target/,
  8. shutdowns the virtual machine again.

Normally, if you start the script a second time, it will reuse the created and provisioned machine (which was only halted). You can force destroying and recreating the machine with ./ -f.


You can place a configuration property file at build.yaml which will be ignored by git.

This is the default content:

  nginx_rpm_stable: true
  nginx_rpm_version: 1.4.2
  nginx_rpm_release: 1
  openssl_version: 1.0.1e
  • nginx_rpm_stable: true for the stable, false for the mainline repository
  • nginx_rpm_version: the version (should be available in the selected repository as src rpm)
  • nginx_rpm_release: the release (*)
  • openssl_version: the used OpenSSL version

An example for the current baseline:

  nginx_rpm_stable: false
  nginx_rpm_version: 1.5.9
  nginx_rpm_release: 1
  openssl_version: 1.0.1e

At the moment, changes of this configuration has only an effect on provisioning time which means you have to rebuild the machine.

Under the hood

At first, the system will be configured to use additional YUM repositories for Puppet which is used for provisioning.

With Puppet, the following custom puppet modules will be used:

  • base: some base stuff
  • rpmbuild: several packages used for RPM building incl. make, gcc or rpm-utils
  • nginxdevel: mainly it provides a special on the virtual machine which builds the actual RPM

The mentioned on the VM (it's located at home/vagrant/ (copied from src/puppet/modules/nginxdevel/files/ creates on the fly a rpm build scrpipt based on the individual settings of build.yaml.



Copyright 2014 by Jan Philipp. This build setup is licensed for free use (MIT). The binary stuff not, of course.