Set of tools used by Rutgers OSS to manage yum repositories with packages from Koji
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Rutgers Repository Tools (v2)

Rutgers Repository Tools is a set of tools used by Open System Solutions on CentOS machines for the RPM package publishing process. These tools work in conjunction with Koji and uses mash to generate the repos. It is written mostly in bash.

The configuration files are the mash configuration options stored in "/etc/mash", the yum conf in "/etc/repotools2-yum.conf", and the main conf file in "/etc/rutgers-repotools-2.conf"


In summary, an the root user does the tagging and untagging of packages on Koji, and a user called 'roji' sends an email with the results of its operations.

These tools are designed to run on a system which has read and write access to the Koji PostgreSQL database, as well as write access to the Rutgers RPM repositories. In order to access the Koji database and perform tagging operations, the user running the commands needs SSL certificates generated and installed in the Koji certificate directory (typically /etc/pki/koji).

Publishing Scripts

Scripts for publishing to repositories.


The main publishing script. This takes packages from a repository (tag) and copies it (tags it) to a given target repository. Note that this does not erase existing tags. This also checks the dependencies of the packages against the repository they are being moved to with the depcheck script. At the end of the push, mail is sent, indicating success or failure.

An example:

 $ pushpackage centos6-rutgers-testing rutgers-repotools-2-1.0.1-1.ru6


This script does the opposite of pushpackage: it takes a package from a repository and untags it. Before this occurs, it does dependency checking to make sure that an existing package does not depend on the removed one.

The pullpackage script takes arguments in the same style as pushpackage.

Other Scripts

These scripts do dependency checking, regenerate repositories, perform backups, and so on.


Does dependency checking on a given repository. This is a hack that uses repoclosure from the yum-utils package. Essentially, it pretends that our repository is a Yum repository, then has Yum do the dependency checking for us.

This script is run as part of the daily checks cron job; it call also be run by hand if desired.

It's possible to give a list of exceptions for broken dependencies that this script will ignore. By default, the list is installed at /etc/depcheck2.ignore. However, it's best to avoid using exceptions and fix the broken dependencies properly.


This script will regenerate the published repository for a specific koji tag. First, this uses mash to create the repo for a koji tag into a temporary directory (the directory is the same name as the koji tag it is making the repo for). Then, asssuming mash succeeded, the old repository is renamed to "<tag>-temp" and the newly generated repository is remaned "<tag>-current". If for whatever reason the newly generated repo is bad, you can just use the old one. The "<tag>-temp" repository gets deleted after each successful run of mash. This script is used by pullpackage and pushpackage.

For more information about where these directories are located, see the configuration file.


This dumps the PostgreSQL Koji database and saves it as a backup. Like the rpmdb-backup script, it takes its arguments from the command line, but the cron job automatically uses information from the configuration file by default.


Written by Alexander Pavel of Rutgers University Open System Solutions to replace the original repotools suite (originally written in python).


This software is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3. See LICENSE for more info.