Develop a single package reusing a CVMFS / RPM installation EXPERIMENTAL

For those cases where you want to develop a single O2Suite package, for example ALICE O2, it's now possible to reuse a preexisting installation in CVMFS or installed via the RPM packages.

In order to do so you must make sure you point WORK_DIR to your base installation folder. E.g. for lxplus:

export WORK_DIR=/cvmfs/

and that you properly set your ALIBUILD_ARCH_PREFIX. E.g. for lxplus:

export ALIBUILD_ARCH_PREFIX=el7-x86_64/Packages

assuming you want to use nightly-20200810-1 as baseline, you can then do:

. $WORK_DIR/$ALIBUILD_ARCH_PREFIX/O2/nightly-20210120-1/etc/profile.d/

This will fill your environment with all the requirements needed to properly build O2.

You can checkout and build most of the AliceO2Group packages with:

git clone --origin upstream O2
mkdir -p O2/objs
cd O2/objs
cmake ..
cmake --build . --target all -j8

This is not a replacement for the full alibuild environment, which allows you to build multiple packages at once or to keep track of changes in alidist, however it should work already fairly well to develop a single package.


  • Runtime environment is currently not handled fully and you need to either use -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX or run executables from stage/bin.

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