Build rpm with Jenkins project

Here is how I build rpm files in Jenkins.


Add a Fedora node to the cluster. I am running Jenkins on Devuan, which obviously is not ideal for building rpms.
I added a few labels, which are space-delimited which I found unusual. But whatever. I used a service account, and set up an ssh key for passwordless authentication.
Configuring a Jenkins node, with name fc30x-01a and a remote directory and ssh setup.
Add a user and grant them some specific sudo permissions:

useradd jenkins

cat <<EOF >/etc/sudoers.d/70_jenkins
User_Alias JENKINS = jenkins
Defaults:JENKINS !requiretty
JENKINS fc30x-01a=(root)	NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/dnf -y builddep *

Install some build tools:

sudo dnf -y install rpm-build rpmdevtools

My rpmbuild workflow in Jenkins

Add a new project. Restrict it to run on label “fedora.”
Project configuration showing restrict where project is run, to label "fedora"
Like last time, I am checking out my git repo to a local subdirectory.
Screenshot of project configuration showing SCM, and additional behavior of "Check out to a sub-directory"
All the build steps for this project are shell commands.
The first command uses some tooling I learned about for this project: spectool. The dnf installs the build dependencies, and spectool downloads all the source files that are not already present in the directory.

pwd ; ls -altr ; mkdir -p rpmbuild ; cd rpmbuild ;
cp -p ../work/veracrypt/* . || :;
sudo dnf -y builddep *.spec ;
spectool -g *.spec ;

The actual build command happens in the second step. I am using a few macro definitions to keep everything happening in the present working directory.

cd rpmbuild ; rpmbuild --define "_topdir %(pwd)" --define "_builddir %{_topdir}" --define "_rpmdir %{_topdir}" --define "_sourcedir %{_topdir}" --define "_srcrpmdir %{_topdir}" --define "_rpmfilename %%{NAME}-%%{VERSION}-%%{RELEASE}.%%{ARCH}.rpm" -ba *.spec

And the final step deploys the files to my nfs share for manual curation.

mkdir -p /mnt/public/Public/${JOB_NAME} ;
cp -p *.rpm */*.rpm /mnt/public/Public/${JOB_NAME}/ || :



  1. fedora – Automatically install build dependencies prior to building an RPM package – Stack Overflow
  2. rpm – How do I get rpmbuild to download all of the sources for a particular .spec? – Stack Overflow
  3. Rpmdevtools – Fedora Project Wiki
  4. Build RPMs using Jenkins/Hudson

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