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app cargo-generate-rpm

Generate a binary RPM package (.rpm) from Cargo projects

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0.2.1 Jan 10, 2021
0.2.0 Jan 1, 2021
0.1.2 Oct 25, 2020
0.1.1 Oct 11, 2020
0.1.0 Oct 4, 2020

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Cargo helper command to generate a binary RPM package (.rpm) from Cargo project.

This command does not depend on rpmbuild and generates an RPM package file without a spec file by using rpm-rs.

Rust cargo-generate-rpm at crates.io


cargo install cargo-generate-rpm


cargo build --release
strip -s target/release/XXX
cargo generate-rpm

Upon run cargo generate-rpm on your cargo project, a binary RPM package file will be created in target/generate-rpm/XXX.rpm. You can change the RPM package file location using -o option.

In advance, run cargo run --release and strip the debug symbols (strip -s target/release/XXX), because these are not run upon cargo generate-rpm as of now.


This command obtains RPM metadata from the Cargo.toml file:

[package.metadata.generate-rpm] options

  • name: the package name. If not present, package.name is used.
  • version: the package version. If not present, package.version is used.
  • license: the package license. If not present, package.license is used.
  • summary: the package summary/description. If not present, package.description is used.
  • assets: (mandatory) the array of the files to be included in the package
    • source: the location of that asset in the Rust project. (e.g. target/release/XXX)
    • dest: the install-destination. (e.g. /usr/bin/XXX)
    • mode: the permissions as octal string. (e.g. 755 to indicate -rwxr-xr-x)
    • config: set true if it is a configuration file.
    • doc: set true if it is a document file.
  • release: optional string of release.
  • epoch: optional number of epoch.
  • pre_install_script: optional string of pre_install_script.
  • pre_uninstall_script: optional string of pre_uninstall_script.
  • post_install_script: optional string of post_install_script.
  • post_uninstall_script: optional string of post_uninstall_script.

Advanced Usage


To generate an RPM package from a member of a workspace, execute cargo generate-rpm in the workspace directory with specifying the package (directory path) with option -p:

cargo build --release
strip -s target/release/XXX
cargo generate-rpm -p XXX

[package.metadata.generate-rpm] options should be written in XXX/Cargo.toml.

When the option -p specified, first, the asset file source shall be treated as a relative path from the current directory. If not found, it shall be treated as a relative path from the directory of the package. If both not found, cargo generate-rpm shall fail with an error.

For example, source = target/bin/XXX would usually be treated as a relative path from the current directory. Because all packages in the workspace share a common output directory that is located target in workspace directory.


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