[scl.org] Is software collections appropriate for making a self-contained software archive?

Jim Perrin jperrin at centos.org
Wed May 21 19:41:34 UTC 2014

On 05/21/2014 02:30 PM, Shawn J. Goff wrote:
> I have to install some software in an enterprise environment where we
> are limited to installing in a specific directory in /opt. Additionlly,
> we can't use yum or rpm to install it - it has to be simply built or
> extracted right into the directory.

How would you go about installing updates or security patches without
rpm or yum? Not using rpm for an rpm based distribution seems highly

> Software collections seems to allow building an RPM that installs a
> package and all its dependencies in such a directory. I'm thinking I can
> make such a package, install it on a dev system, tar up the install
> directory, then untar it on the production system. Should I expect that
> to work?

It may, but you'd also have to ensure that any dependencies are also
installed, and these may not always end up in /opt. Some scl packages
(especially services) also drop files outside /opt as well.

Jim Perrin
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