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Revision as of 12:32, 12 July 2017

Packaging Rust applications/libraries


Add required tools/instructions for packaging applications/libraries written in Rust. Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety.


  • Name: Igor Gnatenko (on behalf of Rust SIG)
  • Email:
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 27
  • Last updated: 2017-07-12
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

During initial research of SIG about packaging we identified that inability to specify version range dependencies (1.0 <= foo < 2.0) in RPM is main blocker. This problem hits almost every other language ecosystem (esp. NodeJS), but it is not very noticable due to having not more than 2 versions. While packaging some applications we discovered need of having 3 or more versions of same crate.

The most of the work already has been done and users can consume applications without needing to do anything from Rust/Playground COPR repository.

Benefit to Fedora

  • Fedora will be one of first distributions (if not first) who package rust applications/libraries
  • Packagers of other ecosystems/distributions will get ability to express version range dependencies and real example of its usage in various places


  • Proposal owners: Create tool for automatic creation of rpm-spec-file from crate on, create RPM macro for easy packaging, write packaging guidelines.
  • Other developers: RPM developers to add support for expressing version range dependencies.
  • Release engineering: #6889 (a check of an impact with Release Engineering is needed)
  • Policies and guidelines: Packaging Guidelines needs to be written for packaging Rust applications/libraries.
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

Install tool which is written in Rust and use it (list will be provided when change will be implemented).

User Experience

  • Packagers will be able to package Rust applications/libraries
  • Users will be able to install tools written in Rust from Fedora repositories (i.e. ripgrep)
  • Packagers will be able to write dependency generators for RPM which emit rich dependencies (part of RPM 4.14, but already backported to F27)


  • Support for "with" rich-operator from RPM 4.14 change is required to be implemented.
  • Release engineering tools needs to be adapted to use DNF (because YUM doesn't support rich dependencies)
  • FPC should allow at least with rich operator
  • dnf builddep should be able to work with such dependencies (already implemented for long time)
  • Builders should support that kind of rich dependencies (covered as part of RPM 4.14 change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Move implementation to next release (once ready and if possible, backport to old release)
  • Contingency deadline: Final freeze
  • Blocks release? No (not sure)
  • Blocks product? -


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes