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openSUSE and GCC part 10: Distributing to other distributions than openSUSE with OBS

January 7th, 2014 by

Last time I talked about OBS and how to compile your application that you have developed with GCC. OBS is much more than just a tool for compiling openSUSE additional packages. You can also compile Debian, Ubuntu, Arch and Fedora (and couple more) but why on earth you want to do that? Short answer: because you can! Little bit longer answer: because you can and freedom is two way road. You can’t guess what Linux distribution or OS your user wants to use but you can make sure that you application is first class citizen in that Linux distribution. Of course You can use Fedora build service or Ubuntu launchpad but they are just for that distribution only. If it’s fine with you. Be happy and use these marvelous services. If you have woken up in night all sweat. Thinking all these openSUSE lizards that are unhappy because they can’t use your fabulous application.. it’s time to start sleeping well.

Fedora distribution or RHEL

RPM based Linux distributions are very easy with OBS. You just have to make SPEC file generic. If you like to do it right you should read openSUSE:Build Service cross distribution howto and learn how to do it.

OBS and DEB based distributions

This is little bit trickier but not much. You needed decent DSC-file (Most dsc files goes without changes. If you like to use Bzip2 file then you need to add ‘DEBTRANSFORM-TAR’ in dsc-file) file and then you need ‘debian.tar.gz’ in your project or ‘debian/’-dir in your project. What are files that you need in you debian package/dir? That is a very good question and it stays unanswered here because it’s not point of this blog. If you are curious enough you can always download ‘debian.tar.gz’ from example application and study files or look Debian documentation about it.


Arch is most unknown distribution for me but it has vibrant community and active development so providing packages to them is good thing. They seems to like live bleeding edge. So Just add Arch distribution in your project in OBS and then fill PKGBUILD-file with necessary lines and like magic you have Arch supported (Look at example PKGBUILD-file if you don’t understand a thing).

This was it! No more articles about GCC or around it. Next I’ve going to dive low level Linux Multimedia especially in audio and FFmpeg (and how you do them in openSUSE). if you haven’t read rest of articles and you feel you missed something. Go on a read them and if you missed good OSC-blog you can read it too.

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