Welcome to the comprehensive guide on using the OSC (Open Build Service Command Line Tool) for efficient management within the Open Build Service. OSC serves as a powerful client to interact with various facets of the Open Build Service, enabling you to handle packages, edit metadata, query build results, and much more.
To begin, installing OSC is a straightforward process across various Linux distributions:
For openSUSE distributions or from the OBS project openSUSE:Tools, use:
root # zypper addrepo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Tools/DISTRI/openSUSE:Tools.repo root # zypper install osc
For other systems, use your preferred package manager or opt for the AppImage file, a self-contained application that runs on multiple distributions.
OSC typically has a default configuration suitable for most scenarios. However, customizing it according to specific needs can enhance functionality. In the
~/.oscrc file, under the general section, various options can be set:
- apiurl: Utilized to access the Open Build Service API server, crucial for working with different OBS servers. Creating an alias, e.g.,
iosc, can simplify server distinction.
- extra-pkgs: Includes additional packages for local package building.
- build_repository: Sets the default platform when omitted in
- exclude_glob: Lists file names to ignore during operations.
- checkout_no_colon: Alters directory structure when checking out projects.
- use_keyring: Manages password storage, allowing integration with default keyrings.
- For general command assistance:
- Specific subcommands:
osc help SUBCOMMAND
When using OSC for the first time, the tool prompts for OBS instance credentials. To enhance security:
- Consider using a Password Manager for storing credentials.
use_keyringto store passwords securely.
- Optionally, obfuscate passwords in the configuration file using
Overview of Commands
OSC operates akin to Git, offering various subcommands for different functions:
- List Existing Content:
- Checkout Content:
osc co [PROJECT] [PACKAGE]
- Update Working Directory:
- Upload Changed Content:
- Check Commit Log:
- Managing Changes:
- View Build Results:
- Trigger Package Rebuild:
- Build a Package Locally:
- Metadata Operations:
Mastering OSC empowers efficient management and manipulation within the Open Build Service environment. By understanding its intricacies and commands, users can streamline package handling, edit metadata, query build results, and significantly enhance their workflow. This comprehensive guide serves as an indispensable resource for navigating and utilizing OSC effectively.