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specit

1.4.4 • Public • Published

specit

specit is a fork of speculate with some different goals. specit meant to support more distributions, provide even more options. Feel free to create issues, submit more code. Note: Currenly specit doesn't generate systemd services, we plan to return this feature and provide initd template as well for ancient linux distributions.

Automatically generates an RPM Spec file for your Node.js project

Installation

npm install --global specit

Features

  • Generates an RPM Spec file for your project
  • (optional) Creates a systemd service definition file
  • Supports configuration using your existing package.json

Usage

Let's start with a simple Node.js project:

my-cool-api
├── node_modules
├── package.json
└── server.js

1 directory, 2 files

Run the specit command from inside the project directory:

specit

You've now got an RPM Spec file and a systemd service definition for your project. You'll also notice that your application has been packaged into a tar.gz archive, ready to be built with an RPM building tool like rpmbuild or mock:

my-cool-api
├── SOURCES
│   └── my-cool-api.tar.gz
├── SPECS
│   └── my-cool-api.spec
├── node_modules
├── my-cool-api.service
├── package.json
└── server.js

3 directories, 5 files

Specit is designed to be used at build time, just before you package your application into an RPM. Because of this, we recommend adding the generated files to your .gitignore file:

SOURCES
SPECS

Install your dependencies first

Specit assumes that you've already installed your npm dependencies when it is run. This means that you don't need to worry about running npm install inside a clean RPM-building environment like mock.

Release Number

By default specit will set the RPM release number to 1, if you want to override this you can do so by using the --release flag:

specit --release=7

Custom Name

By default specit will set the name from package.json, if you want to override this you can do so by using the --name flag:

specit --name=my-cool-api

This is useful if you are using private NPM packages which start with an @.

You can then run npm run spec to generate your spec file in an environment where specit isn't installed globally (like your CI server.)

Custom Spec Template

If you want to use a different specfile template to create your package, you can specify it your package.json:

{
  "spec": {
    "specTemplate": "templates/myspec.mustache"
  }
}

Build Architecture

By default Specit will build noarch packages meaning the final package should be installable on every CPU Architecture your system runs on. Specit's default template will also instruct rpmbuild to skip binary stripping during build. If your Nodejs application has binary modules you may want to disable this behavior through your package.json.

{
  "spec": {
    "noarch": false  
  }
}

Pruning dependencies

To minimise the final RPM size, your development dependencies (dependencies added with the --save-dev flag) are automatically pruned so that they're not shipped with your production code.

If for some reason you need to package your dev dependencies with your production code you can explicity tell specit not to prune by adding the following to your package.json:

{
  "spec": {
    "prune": false  
  }
}

npm start script

The systemd service file that Specit generates uses the npm start script to start your application. Make sure that you've defined this script in your package.json file.

{
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node server.js"
  }
}

Node versions

By default, the spec file that specit generates isn't tied to a particular Node version. It simply requires the nodejs package. It's up to you to make the package available when you install the RPM using yum.

We strongly recommend that you use the Nodesource binary distributions to install a modern version of Node.js for both your RPM building environment and your target server. Follow the setup instructions for Enterprise Linux and then run yum install nodejs.

If you're using multiple node repositories or a repository with multiple versions of node, you can specify an RPM version requirement with the engines property in your package.json file:

{
  "engines": {
    "node": "< 5.0.0"
  }
}

The engines.node property must conform to the RPM version syntax

Directory Structure

Specit creates the following directories for your application:

Directory Purpose
/opt/:projectName This is where your application is stored
/var/log/:projectName This is created for any log files that your application needs to write to

Changing Install Path

You can set Installation path by setting the installDir inside your package.json:

{
  "spec": {
    "installDir": "/usr/local"
  }
}

Dependencies

To add a dependency to the generated spec file, list the package dependencies in the requires array:

{
  "spec": {
    "requires": [
      "vim",
      "screen"
    ]
  }
}

If you have any build dependencies (such as python for node-gyp), instead of having them available outside the build environment you can instead add them to the buildRequires array:

{
  "spec": {
    "buildRequires": [
      "python"
    ]
  }
}

Build scripts

If you need to perform any actions after installing your package (such as moving files on the target server) you can specify these inline using the post property:

{
  "spec": {
    "build": [
      "gulp clean",
      "gulp build"
    ]
  }
}

Executables

If you have scripts that need to be executable when they're installed on your target server, add them to the executable array. You can list both files and entire directories:

{
  "spec": {
    "executable": [
      "./other-scripts/my-script.js",
      "./scripts"
    ]
  }
}

Post Install Actions

If you need to perform any actions after installing your package (such as moving files on the target server) you can specify these inline using the post property:

{
  "spec": {
    "post": [
      "mv /opt/my-cool-api/rc.local /etc/rc.local"
    ]
  }
}

Environment variable

If you need to specify environment variables during startup (NODE_ENV for example) you can specify these inline using the spec.environment property:

{
  "spec": {
    "environment": {
      "NODE_ENV": "production",
      "NODE_INSTANCE": "%i"
    }
  }
}

syslog

speculate had syslog enabled by default for their generated services, which might cause double logging because systemd already has journald for it's logging purposes. you can enable syslog back if you find it important.

{
  "spec": {
    "syslog": true
  }
}

install

npm i specit

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1.4.4

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