KDE neon CMake Package Validation

In KDE neon‘s constant quest of raising the quality bar of KDE software and neon itself, I added a new tool to our set of quality assurance tools. CMake Package QA is meant to ensure that find_package() calls on CMake packages provided by config files (e.g. FooConfig.cmake files) do actually work.

The way this works is fairly simple. For just about every bit of KDE software we have packaged, we install the individual deb packages including dependencies one after the other and run a dummy CMakeLists.txt on any *Config.cmake file in that package.

As an example, we have libkproperty3-dev as a deb package. It contains KPropertyWidgetsConfig.cmake. We install the package and its dependencies, construct a dummy file, and run cmake on it during our cmake linting.

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.0)
find_package(KPropertyWidgets REQUIRED)

This tests that running KPropertyWidgetsConfig.cmake works, ensuring that the cmake code itself is valid (bad syntax, missing includes, what have you…) and that our package is sound and including all dependencies it needs (to for example meet find_dependency macro calls).

As it turns out libkproperty3-dev is of insufficient quality. What a shame.

KDE neon With Testing Translations

For the longest time, the plan was to equip KDE neon’s Developer Editions with translations. As the Developer Editions are built directly from our Git repositories and we do not maintain translations alongside the source code, there is a bit of a problem as the build somehow needs to bridge the gap between code and translations.

It’s fortunate that I also happen to work on ReleaseMe, a KDE tarball release application, and rebuilt it from scratch years ago already, so it supports third party usage of some of its functionality.

At this year’s FOSDEM, Plasma developer David Edmundson asked for translations in the Developer Editions. And, so, here we are. Both KDE neon Developer Editions now include translations live from our Subversion repository. They also include our x-test language allowing you to easily find improperly internationalized strings. Coverage is currently limited to KDE Frameworks and Plasma software.

The majority of tech to accomplish this is hidden in the internals of ReleaseMe itself. On the high-level this entails nothing more than resolving the KDE project and then getting its translations into the Git tree.

projects = ReleaseMe::Project.from_repo_url(url)
unless projects.size == 1
  raise "failed to resolve project #{repo_name} :: #{projects}"
project = projects[0]

l10n = ReleaseMe::L10n.new(l10n_origin, project.identifier,
l10n.default_excluded_languages = [] # Include even x-test.

(Underneath there’s, of course, lots of fiddly nonsense going on ;))


Aptly Systemd Socket Activation

In the previous blog post I talked about Unix domain socket enablement in Aptly, a very popular deb repository management solution. In addition to adding socket support, I’ve also added support for systemd socket activation.

Systemd’s socket activation is an inordinately fancy feature of systemd where it will take over socket creation and management before the actual service is running. It ensures that incoming requests aren’t lost if the service crashes or isn’t started yet. When one has the opportunity to use systemd, letting it do socket activation for Aptly is super handy as it also gives easy access to chown capabilities.

Using socket activation requires you to create two systemd units. A service unit, describing the aptly service itself, and a socket unit, for listening for traffic. Examples files may look like this:

# aptly.service
Description=Aptly archive service

ExecStart=/home/archive/bin/aptly api serve
# aptly.socket
Description=Aptly archive service socket



Enabling and starting the socket unit will create the socket file at /home/archive/aptly.sock and start the service upon incoming traffic, which you could cause, for example, using curl --unix-socket /home/archive/aptly.sock http:/api/version.

Fairly exciting already. But if you’ve previously been listening on a TCP port you may wish to establish a smoother migration path without having to change your entire infrastructure to work with sockets all at once. Aptly however only supports listening on one socket, so you can’t just have it listen on both a TCP socket and a unix socket. Fortunately, systemd also has a neat solution for this, called systemd-socket-proxyd. Using the socket activation systemd itself can proxy traffic from a TCP socket to our new aptly socket file.

Again example units for illustration:

# aptly-proxy.service
Description=Aptly Socket (Proxy Listener)

ExecStart=/lib/systemd/systemd-socket-proxyd /home/archive/aptly.sock
# aptly-proxy.socket
Description=Aptly Socket (Proxy Listener)



When enabling and starting this socket unit systemd will listen on for traffic and proxy it through systemd-socket-proxyd to our actual Aptly socket file. At this point Aptly will be able to receive traffic from both the unix socket and the TCP socket (although of course effectively Aptly is only listening on the unix socket).

Now if only systemd could play audio it’d be quite the bundle of usefulness 😉