tool for building packages for linux distributions in docker
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"butido" could stand for "but i do", "BUild Things In DOcker" or "Better Universal Task Instrumentation Docker Observator".

Anyways, it is a tool for building packages for linux distributions in docker and it does not make assumptions about the build procedure itself (and thus can build .rpm, .deb, or any other package format your scripts can build).


Packages are defined in TOML and in hierarchies (see config-rs). See the examples for how to define packages.

The "business-logic" of packages are shell scripts which exist in predefined "phases". These scripts are compiled into one large script (per package) which is then run to build the source into a package.

The package definition(s) can hold meta-information and (of course) information about a packages dependencies. Both dependencies and meta-information is made available in a build.

Everything that is computed before, during or after a build or submit is written to a postgres database, including build logs. This database can be queried for packages, build information, logs and other data.

Successfully built packages are collected in a "staging" store on FS. A staging store is created per submit. The results can be taken from this "staging" store and be released into a "release" store.


Building butido is easy, assuming you have a Rust installation:

cargo build --release # (remove --release for a debug build)

Running is not so easy:

  • Create a git repository
  • Put a config.toml file into the repository root, adapt parameters to your needs
  • Write pkg.toml files for your packages
  • Run a postgres instance somewhere
    • configure it to be accessible for butido with user and password
    • Setup tables (butido cannot do this yet)
  • Run docker instances somewhere, accessible via HTTP or socket

Now you should be ready to try butido. butido takes --help in every subcommand to explain what it does.

Butido is built and tested with Rust 1.50.0 as MSRV.


Word Explanation
build / job The procedure of transforming a set of sources to a package (or, technically, even to multiple packages)
dependency A "package" that is required during the buildtime or during the runtime of another "package"
endpoint A docker API endpoint butido can talk to
jobset A list of jobs that can be run in any order or in parallel
output The results of a butido build job
package A single (archive) file OR the definition of a job
script The script that is run inside a container. Basically the "->" in "source -> package".
source A file that contains a source code archive
submit A call to butido for building a single package, which can result in multiple packages (dependencies) being built
tree The tree structure that is computed before a packages is built to find out all (transitive) dependencies


butido was developed for science+computing ag (an Atos company).

License: EPL-2.0