pkg(5): Reverse proxying your depot with Apache HTTPD

As part of the changes to get Developer Preview 2 ready, we decided to rejigger the HTTP handling on pkg.opensolaris.org so that we could have more options as more people attempt to use the early versions of image packaging. Previously, we ran pkg.depotd directly on port 80, in its read-only mode; now we use Apache HTTPD to listen on port 80, and use mod_proxy to proxy those incoming requests to a pkg.depotd instance listening on a separate port. With a couple of different approaches

Proxying and rewriting is one of those endlessly fun activities that somehow actually ends up being productive. Last time, proxying fun led Steve and I to fiddling around such that we ended up with proxy and rewrite patterns to enable the country portals for opensolaris.org.

If you want to share the top-level component of your URL space, you'll need to watch pkg(5) developments, as you have to map the list of operations one-by-one—and I know there are some new operations forthcoming. That would involve adding something like the following to a VirtualHost directive in your Apache configuration.

ProxyRequests On

Redirect /index.html http://pkg.opensolaris.org/status

ProxyPass /abandon http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/abandon
ProxyPass /add http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/add
ProxyPass /catalog http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/catalog
ProxyPass /close http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/close
ProxyPass /feed http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/feed
ProxyPass /file http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/file
ProxyPass /filelist http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/filelist
ProxyPass /manifest http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/manifest
ProxyPass /open http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/open
ProxyPass /search http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/search
ProxyPass /versions http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/versions

ProxyPass /css http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/css
ProxyPass /logo http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/logo
ProxyPass /icon http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/icon

ProxyPass /status http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/

Configuring your server in this fashion allows you to mix an image packaging server in with your other site content. You can easily deliver static content alongside your depot, for example.

If you don't mind pushing your package repository down one level in your URL space, then the above simplifies to

ProxyRequests On

ProxyPass /pkg/ http://pkg.opensolaris.org:10000/

(which should be a hint on how to create a repository farm under a single URL). To use the latter, you would use pkg(1)'s image-create subcommand

$ pkg image-create -F -a mypkgs.com=http://www.myserver.com/pkg /path/to/image

to connect your image to your reverse-proxied packaging depot.

In the two examples above, you should of course replace machine names like pkg.opensolaris.org and port numbers like 10000 with values appropriate to your own installation.

Happy proxied package serving!

Feel free to share your alternative configurations or approaches with other HTTP servers here, or on pkg-discuss-AT-opensolaris.org.

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