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Bindep is a tool for checking the presence of binary packages needed to use an application / library. It started life as a way to make it easier to set up a development environment for OpenStack projects. While OpenStack depends heavily on pip for installation of Python dependencies, some dependencies are not Python based, and particularly for testing, some dependencies have to be installed before pip can be used - such as virtualenv and pip itself.
Create a file called
bindep.txt and in that list any requirements your application / library has. In your README or INSTALL or other documentation you can tell users to run bindep to report on missing dependencies. Users without bindep installed can consult the
bindep.txt file by hand if they choose, or install bindep first and then use it.
bindep.txt file exists, bindep will look at the old location
The output from bindep is fairly verbose normally, but passing an option of -b/--brief outputs just the missing packages one per line, suitable for feeding to your package management tool of choice.
If you need to maintain multiple requirements list files you can pass a specific filename with the -f/--file command line option. If you want to read the list from standard input in a pipeline instead, use a filename of "-".
When bindep runs, its exit code is
0 if no described packages are missing, but
1 if there are packages which it believes need to be installed.
Profiles can be used to describe different scenarios. For instance, you might have a profile for using PostgreSQL which requires the PostgreSQL client library, a profile for MySQL needing that client library, and a profile for testing which requires both libraries as well as the servers. To select a profile just pass it when running bindep - e.g.:
$ bindep test
When running bindep a single profile can be chosen by the user, with no explicit selection resulting in the selected profile being
default. bindep will automatically activate additional profiles representing the platform bindep is running under, making it easy to handle platform specific quirks.
The available profiles are inferred by inspecting the requirements file and collating the used profile names. Users can get a report on the available profiles:
$ bindep --profiles
The requirements file
bindep.txt lists the dependencies for projects. Where non-ascii characters are needed, they should be UTF8 encoded.
The file is line orientated - each line is a Debian binary package name, an optional profile selector and optional version constraints. (Note - if you are writing an alternative parser, see the Debian policy manual for the parsing rules for packagenames). Debian package names are used as a single source of truth - bindep can be taught the mapping onto specific packaging systems. Alternatively, profiles may be used to encode platform specific requirements.
Profiles are used to decide which lines in the requirements file should be considered when checking dependencies. Profile selectors are a list of space separated strings contained in
. A selector prefixed with
! is a negative selector. For a line in the requirements file to be active:
- it must not have a negative selector that matches the active profile.
- it must either have no positive selectors, or a positive selector that matches the active profile.
For instance, the profile selector
[!qpid] will match every profile except
qpid and would be suitable for disabling installation of rabbitmq when qpid is in use.
[default] would match only if the user has not selected a profile (or selected
[default postgresql test] would match those three profiles but not
[platform:rhel] will match only when running in a RHEL linux environment.
Note that platform selectors are treated as kind of filter: If a line contains a platform selector, then the package only gets installed if at least one of the platform selectors matches in addition to the match on the other selectors. As an example,
[platform:rpm test] would only install a package on a RPM platform if the test selector is used.
Profiles can also be grouped together using
(). In a group, all profiles must match for the group to match. Given the example
[test (ceph glance !lvm)], to select the package you must either specify
test OR (
glance AND NOT
lvm). Platform selectors will not work inside of the group.
Version constraints are a comma separated list of constraints where each constraint is (== | < | <= | >= | > | !=) VERSION, and the constraints are ANDed together (the same as pip requirements version constraints).
Comments are allowed: everything from the first
# to the end of the line is ignored.
A simple example with using a test profile is:
# A runtime dependency libffi6 # A build time dependency libffi-devel [test]
bindep would select the
libffi6 package in all cases and if the
test profile gets choosen with
bindep test, then both packages would be selected.
The following content gives some examples as used in the default bindep file that OpenStack CI takes if no
bindep.txt file exists for setup of some jobs. The examples only use the automatically defined profiles like
platform:dpkg which is defined on Debian based systems.
If a repository needs for deployment the libxml2 development libraries for support of Debian, Gentoo, and RPM based distros, the
bindep.txt file can contain:
libxml2-dev [platform:dpkg] libxml2-devel [platform:rpm] libxml2-utils [platform:dpkg] dev-libs/libxml2 [platform:gentoo]
This would select
libxml2-utils packages on Debian based distributions like Debian and Ubuntu since those entries have the
libxml2-devel on RPM based distributions like CentOS, Fedora, openSUSE, Red Hat, or SUSE Linux since those entries have the
platform:rpm profile, and
dev-libs/libxml2 on Gentoo since the entry has the
Additionally, you can use
platform:suse to only match RedHat-like or SUSE-like distributions respectively as shown in the following example:
openssh-server [platform:redhat] openssh [platform:suse]
To select Python3 development packages, the OpenStack CI default file uses:
python3-all-dev [platform:dpkg !platform:ubuntu-precise] python3-devel [platform:fedora] python34-devel [platform:centos]
python3-all-dev on all Debian based distributions with the exception of Ubuntu Precise,
python3-devel on Fedora and
python34-devel on CentOS.
To select the curl package, the OpenStack CI default file uses:
curl [!platform:gentoo] net-misc/curl [platform:gentoo]
This selects the
curl package on all distributions with the exception of Gentoo, and selects
net-misc/curl on Gentoo only.
To select a package based on a group of profiles:
ceph-common [ceph] python-rbd [(ceph glance)]
This selects the
ceph-common package when the profile
ceph is specified. However, it will only select the
python-rbd package when both
glance profiles are active.