RPM package rules

Naming and events conventions

Each package name MUST be composed of

  • a prefix, corresponding to the product name: nethserver-, neth-, ….
  • the feature/function/daemon/software: base, directory, httpd-admin

Each package MUST contain a <packagename>-update event, raised each time the package is installed/updated and when the system is re-configured (for instance, after another package has been uninstalled). The update event should

  • configure the package on first install
  • take care of upgrading current installation in case of package update


You should not add code in %post and %pre sections of the spec file. All the logic must be inside the -update event.

Each package MAY contain a <packagename>-save event, raised by the console or the web interface to adjust the package configuration after some DB value has changed.

For example, given a package named nethserver-dnsmasq:

  • update event: nethserver-dnmasq-update
  • save event: nethserver-dnmasq-save

Install/Update process

Just after a package transaction (install/update), the NethServer yum plugin will:

  • execute all nethserver-update-<package>: events of installed/updated packages in the current transaction
  • execute runlevel-adjust event to start/stop all configured services
  • execute firewall-adjust event to open/close firewall ports

In case of manual installation , the update, firewall-adjust and runlevel-adjust events must be fired manually using the signal-event command.

Uninstall process

After a package is removed, the NethServer yum plugin will:

  • execute all nethserver-update-package event of installed packages
  • execute runlevel-adjust event to start/stop all configured services
  • execute firewall-adjust event to open/close firewall ports

Service packages

A service package is an RPM which is responsible for a system service configuration and management. The package must follow all rules listed above plus some more conventions.

Configuration DB default


  • type: service
  • status: the current service status, can be enabled or disabled


  • TCPPort: a tcp listening port
  • UDPPort: a udp listening port
  • TCPPorts: a list of tcp listen ports. Eg: 123,678
  • UDPPorts: a list of udp listen ports. Eg: 123,678

For example, the package nethserver-puppet managing the service puppet will contain:

  • /etc/e-smith/db/configuration/defaults/puppet/type
  • /etc/e-smith/db/configuration/defaults/puppet/status

Beside this, each packge MUST always declare its own set of keys and properties inside default databases.

Events and actions

nethserver-base package provides two generic events:

  • runlevel-adjust: enable/disable the service using chkconfig command and start/stop the service
  • firewall-adjust: read TCPPort(s) and UDPPort(s) props and open the specified ports in the firewall configuration

Both events are handled by the system, so there is no need to link these events into the package.

Further documentation: perldoc /usr/share/perl5/vendor_perl/NethServer/Service.pm

Orphan services

During runlevel-adjust event, the system will stop any orphan service. A orphan service is a running service not controlled by any nethserver-package. A service is an orphan if there is a service record in configuration db, and there is no db defaults (in /etc/e-smith/db/configuration/defaults).