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Encap based bootstrap for bcfg2 and complete bcfg2 client toolchain

Note: This page is a copy of the README from the canonical site:

The bcfg2-encap-bootstrap package is a method for getting bcfg2 (as a client), including all dependencies, up and running on a new platform as quickly as possible.

It is available from:

Using the encap package manager it automatically downloads, builds and creates encap packages for bcfg2 and dependencies to /usr/local/encap, and installs symbolic links to these packages from /usr/local (the usual encap thing).

It attempts to be as self contained as possible; everything gets linked to under /usr/local/lib/bcfg2, except for bcfg2 itself and some dependent software, which is prefixed by b2 (b2openssl, b2python etc.).

Note that to run the bcfg2 server, you also need to install gamin, which supports a subset of the platforms bcfg2 client will work on, including GNU/Linux and FreeBSD.

Building and installing everything

  1. Make sure all of the Prerequisites (see below) are installed.
  2. The build user needs write access to the encap source and build directories. By default, these are /usr/local/encap and /usr/local/src. If you like to live dangerously, you can also just do the builds as root.
  3. Run make. This will kick off and background the entire build process. Make output will be redirected to make.log, and package build output will go to individual log files.
  4. If everything goes well, try running "bcfg2-repo-validate". This should not generate a python traceback :-)
  5. You now have *-encap-*.tar.gz encap packages you can distribute to other machines. If you don't like the OS name encap uses automatically (esp. on GNU/Linux these can be too generic), do make rename OS=somestring.


  • GNU gcc and GNU g++
  • GNU make (make sure "gmake" links to GNU make on non-GNU platforms)
  • epkg from
    • If built from source, first need all recommended libraries from web page

You will need binaries of the GNU tools. For GNU and BSD based operating systems, you should be able to get these via the operating system's package system. For commercial operating systems, these can be obtained from:


Supported Platforms

Below is a table of platforms that have been successfully bootstrapped using this code.

OS Vendor Version Arch GCC By
AIX IBM 5.3 POWER 4.1.0 dc
GNU/Linux Debian Sarge i386 3.3.5 dc
GNU/Linux Debian Sid i386 4.1.2 dc

dc: "Daniel Clark" <mailto:dclark@…>

If you bootstrap a platform not listed above, please send email to Daniel Clark <mailto:dclark@…> so that platform can be added to the list. If you modified any of the files in this package to be able to bootstrap the new platform, please include either diffs or a tarball of your modified version so your changes can be incorporated into a new release. Any other notes, such as where you got the GNU binaries or any issues people should be aware of, would be appreciated.

You may want to scan all of the bootstrapped binaries and libraries with ldd (or equivalent) to make sure there are no dependencies on libraries other than those included with the base operating system and the libraries built as part of the bootstrap process.

On non-GNU operating systems, libgcc and libstdc++ are a run-time requirement. These libraries are usually distributed with gcc/g++, so the bootstrap system attempts to create encap packages containing those libraries by copying them from the build machine. To test that this worked, you'll want to either temporarily remove gcc/g++ from the build machine and make sure everything still works, or install the bcfg2-*.tar.gz encap packages on a "clean" machine (without a gcc/g++ install) and test on that machine.

Note that the doc for the encap profile format is in "man 5 encap_profile".

Release Notes

  • Initial Released Version
  • Work needs to be done to minimize size of distribution. In 0.1 libraries and binaries are not stripped, and there is a lot of pruning that can be done of individual packages.

Documentation Version

$Id: README 151 2006-06-28 11:37:41Z dcca2302 $