python - Python packages

Minimal example

Here’s a simple example to download the pyramid python package and convert it to an rpm:

% fpm -s python -t rpm pyramid
Trying to download pyramid (using easy_install)
Searching for pyramid
Best match: pyramid 1.0
Created /home/jls/python-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm

This will download the latest ‘pyramid’ python module using easy_install and convert it to an rpm. It will create a package named ‘python-pyramid-VERSION_ARCH.rpm’ with appropriate version/arch in place.

Check the package:

% rpm -qip python-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm
Name        : python-pyramid               Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 1.0                               Vendor: (none)
Release     : 1                             Build Date: Mon 16 May 2011 06:41:16 PM PDT
Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host: snack.home
Group       : default                       Source RPM: python-pyramid-1.0-1.src.rpm
Size        : 2766900                          License: BSD-derived (
Signature   : (none)
URL         :
Summary     : The Pyramid web application framework, a Pylons project
Description :
The Pyramid web application framework, a Pylons project

From the above, you can see that fpm automatically picked the package name, version, maintainer, homepage, and description all from the python package itself. Nothing for you to worry about :)

Looking at the dependencies:

% rpm -qRp python-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm
python-Chameleon >= 1.2.3
python-Mako >= 0.3.6
python-Paste > 1.7
python-PasteDeploy >= 0
python-PasteScript >= 0
python-WebOb >= 1.0
python-repoze.lru >= 0
python-setuptools >= 0
python-zope.component >= 3.6.0
python-zope.configuration >= 0
python-zope.deprecation >= 0
python-zope.interface >= 3.5.1
python-venusian >= 0.5
python-translationstring >= 0
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1

Packaging for multiple pythons

Some systems package python with packages named ‘python24’ and ‘python26’ etc.

You can build packages like this with fpm using the –python-package-name-prefix flag:

% ruby bin/fpm -s python -t rpm --python-package-name-prefix python26 pyramid
Created /home/jls/projects/fpm/python26-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm

% rpm -qRp python26-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm
python26-Chameleon >= 1.2.3
python26-Mako >= 0.3.6
python26-Paste > 1.7
python26-PasteDeploy >= 0
<remainder of output trimmed... you get the idea>

You can ask for a specific version with ‘-v <VERSION>’. It will also handle dependencies. Here’s an example converting an older package like pysqlite version 2.5.6:

% fpm -s python -t rpm --python-package-name-prefix python26 -v 2.5.6 'pysqlite'
Trying to download pysqlite (using easy_install)
Searching for pysqlite==2.5.6
< ... output cut ... >
Created /home/jls/projects/fpm/python26-pysqlite-2.5.6.x86_64.rpm

Local python sources

If you are the developer of a python package, or you already have the local package downloaded and unpacked.

In this scenario, you can tell fpm to use the

% ls pyramid/

% fpm -s python -t rpm pyramid/
Created /tmp/python-pyramid-1.0.noarch.rpm