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Rake tasks to help with uniform handling of yast modules. It provides setup for packaging tasks and add yast specific tasks.

Quick Start

Create Rakefile with content:

  require "yast/rake"

Now lets check what it provides with rake -T

Provided tasks


Update the latest part of version in spec file.


Runs all RSpec tests ending with _spec.rb or _test.rb.

If the .rspec_parallel file exists then the tests are executed using the parallel_rspec command which runs the tests in parallel using all available CPUs, otherwise the standard RSpec is used.

It is possible to override this behavior via the PARALLEL_TESTS environment variable. Set it to 1 to run the tests in parallel or set it to 0 to use the standard RSpec with a single process.

You can pass additional parallel_rspec command options via the PARALLEL_TESTS_OPTIONS environment. E.g. you might choose to use only the half of the available CPUs with PARALLEL_TESTS_OPTIONS="-m 0.5" option or use just 4 CPUs with the PARALLEL_TESTS_OPTIONS="-n 4" option. See the parallel_tests documentation for more details.


Runs client with paths leading to git. Useful to testing module without installation. If the client is not specified it starts the client with the shortest name.


Similar to run[client] above, but the client is started in a Docker container.

The container is automatically removed after the client exits. If you want to keep the container running use the KEEP_CONTAINER option:

rake run:container KEEP_CONTAINER=1

The used Docker image is extracted from the GitHub Actions configuration. If there is no configuration or there are used multiple images then you can set the Docker image explicitly:

rake run:container DOCKER_IMAGE=<image>

Note: The Docker environment is quite different than in usually installed Linux systems (no services running, no systemd, no boot loader, no hardware access,...) so not all YaST modules can work properly there. Or there might be missing dependencies so YaST might report errors or even crash.


Runs ruby console (irb) with paths leading to git and YaST environment.


Collect translatable strings and create *.pot files.


Check for common mistakes in translated texts.


Runs the Rubocop checker in parallel processes to speed up the check. The additional parameters to Rubocop can be passed via the options argument, e.g. rake check:rubocop[-D].


Similar to check:rubocop above, additionally it passes the auto correct parameter to Rubocop to try fixing the found issues (it is equivalent to rake check:rubocop[-a]).


Checks spelling in *.md and *.html files. It uses a global custom dictionary (file lib/tasks/spell.dict in this repository) and supports repository specific dictionary (spell.dict file in the repository root directory).

Note: You need to explicitly install aspell-devel, aspell-en, ruby-devel packages and the raspell Ruby gem. (The reason is to decrease the dependencies for the packages which do not use this task.)

These commands should work:

sudo zypper in aspell-devel aspell-en ruby-devel
sudo gem install raspell


Runs a simple web server which provides a dynamically generated tarball with the source code. The web server is designed to serve the source tarballs for the yupdate script which can easily update the YaST code in the installation system.

That script downloads a source tarball from GitHub, to make it work also with your local Git checkout we need to implement a compatible HTTP tarball provider.

By default the web server runs on port 8000, if that port is already used it tries using port 8001 and so on until a free port is found. This allows starting several servers in parallel easily.

If you need to use a different port you can pass it as an optional argument:

rake server[9999]

To install the files in a running installation run

yupdate patch

To allow accessing the web server from other machines you need to open the appropriate port in the firewall configuration. You can open some more spare ports just in case you need to run several servers in parallel in the future.

  • Open ports permanently (activated after reboot):

    firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=8000-8005/tcp
  • Open ports (activated immediately):

    firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=8000-8005/tcp

Note: If you want to open the ports now and keep them open also after reboot you need to run both commands.

  • Checking the current firewall configuration:

    firewall-cmd --list-ports

To stop the server press the Ctrl+C key combination.

Note: For Ruby 3 and newer separate webrick rubygem is needed to be installed.


Print the defined GitHub Action jobs. The jobs are listed in a form of rake commands which can be used to start them locally.


Print the details of the defined GitHub Action jobs.


Run the specified GitHub Action job or all jobs locally. It runs all jobs if the job argument is missing. In that case the unsupported jobs are automatically skipped, if the specified job is not supported an error is reported.

Notes to GitHub Actions

The GitHub Actions provide a lot of features to run CI/CD. The actions:run tasks only support the features used by YaST, that is a very small subset.

The Docker image name can contain the ${{ matrix.<name> }} placeholders, these are replaced by the first value found in the strategy/matrix job data. To use the other values than the first one specify the full image name via the DOCKER_IMAGE option, see below.

If you need support for more Actions features then check the act tool. (Hints: git clone, zypper install go, make, dist/local/act --help)

Special Options

The used Docker container is automatically removed after the job is finished. If you want to keep the container running use the KEEP_CONTAINER option:

rake actions:run[<action>] KEEP_CONTAINER=1

The rake task then prints some hints how to connect to the running container. The container needs to be stopped and removed manually.

The used Docker image is extracted from the GitHub Actions configuration. You can override the image name with the DOCKER_IMAGE option:

rake actions:run[<action>] DOCKER_IMAGE=<image>

The DOCKER_IMAGE option can be used for running all jobs only if all of them use the same Docker image. If more than one image is used then it is very unlikely that all jobs will work with the same custom image.

If you are sure that the same image can be used then the workaround is to run the jobs manually one by one.


Yast::Tasks provides a method to change the configuration of the packaging tasks. As it's just a proxy for ::Packaging.configuration, the same options are available.

  Yast::Tasks.configuration do |conf|
    conf.obs_api = ""
    conf.obs_project = "YaST:openSUSE:42.1"

To avoid duplication, Yast::Tasks also provides a method to set the whole configuration at once, just specifying the name of one of the available target definitions. For example, if you want to submit to SLE 12 Service Pack 1, you can do:


This method can receive, as a second parameter, the path to your own definitions if needed.

If submit_to is not explicitly used, it will be read from the environment variable YAST_SUBMIT. If that variable is not set, :factory will be used.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


This package is licensed under LGPL-2.1.