[CentOS-devel] Starting a s390x rebuild on my own

R P Herrold herrold at centos.org
Thu Jul 9 15:07:47 UTC 2009

On Thu, 9 Jul 2009, Sascha Thomas Spreitzer wrote:

> me and others tried to form a special interest group and didn't succeed
> well. So im starting my own rebuild now.
> I have access to a z/VM guest and some hercules with 1k mips, too
> Ill inform you next time the CentOS 5.3 basic package set has been
> created.

I've been at this task for a while now.  The initial 'stupid' 
rebuilder is done; the smarter version is making a new pass 
through the package set, and the chrooted builder is next on 
tap once I have completed getting all needed pieces for the 
bootstrapping of the chroot elements.

I think one of the other project members also has a binary 
transaction set, but his Z instance is not continuously 
available to him, so it is harder to 'tweak' the build 
process.  Looking ahead in my mailspool, I see that KB has 
chimed in

I have set up a rsyncable and FTPable export at:
which should also presents a suitable yum target for a stanza 
like this (to be placed in a file in /etc/yum.repos.d/ or in 
/etc/yum.conf ):

name=CentOS-$releasever - s390x


It is a work in progress, and the repodata may lag as much as 
24 hours, as I am adding to it fairly continuously.  It is 
space constrained.  Any comments about it should come through 
this mailing list, as I monitor it at least every weekday.


Anon FTP of the binaries is available at:

I do not store the SRPMs and sources locally at that machine 
because of space constraints, but are a simply pulled from 
current CentOS 4 and 5 SRPM archives as needed


An rsync script might look like this:

#       rsync mirror template
#               edit target to taste
[ ! -d $DST ] && mkdir -p $DST
QUIET="-q "
# VERBOSE="-v -v  "
#       the man page ' examples single quotes are deceptive
#       and do not work in a script's dereferencing, it seems
EXCLUDE="--exclude=*debuginfo* "
#       KBPS next line
BW="--bwlimit=100 "
         --delete --delete-excluded                      \
         $SRC::$TGT/ $DST/

I do have some bandwidth caps on the instance as it is in 
donated network bandwidth from IBM

I would note that IBM has been very kind with this donation of 
the instance, both here, and in the 'Chiphopper' certification 
project for matters not directly related to CentOS, but to 
another FOSS project I participate in:

-- Russ herrold

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