This is hawkey, library providing simplified C and Python API to libsolv. Hawkey project is obsoleted.
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Hawkey project has been merged inside libhif project. Development of Hawkey project as alone no longer continues. Use libhif, please.


This is hawkey, library providing simplified C and Python API to libsolv.

Building for Fedora

Packages needed for the build, or the build requires:

  • check-devel
  • cmake
  • expat-devel
  • gcc
  • libsolv-devel
  • libsolv-tools
  • python-devel (or python3-devel for Python 3 build)
  • python-nose (or python3-nose for Python 3 build)
  • rpm-devel
  • zlib-devel

From the checkout dir:

mkdir build
cd build/
cmake .. # add '-DPYTHON_DESIRED="3"' option for Python 3 build

Building the documentation, from the build/ directory:

make doc

Building from a libsolv checkout

Libsolv is checked out at /home/<user>/libsolv, build dir is at /home/<user>/libsolv/build:

mkdir build
cd build/
cmake -D LIBSOLV_PATH="/home/<user>/libsolv/" ..


All unit tests should pass after the build finishes, from the hawkey checkout:

cd build/tests
make tests

There are two parts of unit tests: unit tests in C and unit tests in Python. To run the C part of the tests manually, from hawkey checkout:

build/tests/test_main tests/repos/

Manually executing the Python tests:

PYTHONPATH=`readlink -f ./build/src/python/` nosetests -s tests/python/tests/

The PYTHONPATH is unfortunately needed as the Python test suite needs to know where to import the built hawkey modules.


See the hawkey documentation page.

Information internal to the hawkey development is maintained on a github wiki.