Building the ISO

Perform the following steps to install the packages on Ubuntu:

  1. Install the packages:

    sudo apt-get -y install bison gawk g++ createrepo python-aptdaemon genisoimage texinfo python-requests libfuse-dev libssl-dev uuid-dev libreadline-dev kpartx git bc
  2. Get Docker:

    wget -qO- | sh
  3. Install pip and docker 2.3.0

    sudo apt install python3-pip
    pip3 install docker==2.3.0

    If you encounter an error for LOCALE when you run these commands, then export the following variables in the terminal:

    export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
    export LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
  4. Make the ISO. The example below assumes that you checked out the workspace under $HOME/workspaces/photon:

    cd $HOME/workspaces/photon
    sudo make iso


This command first builds all RPMs corresponding to the SPEC files in your Photon repository and then builds a bootable ISO containing those RPMs.

The RPMs thus built are stored under stage/RPMS/ directory within the repository, using the following directory hierarchy:

    ├──noarch/*.noarch.rpm    [Architecture-independent RPMs]
    ├──x86_64/*.x86_64.rpm    [RPMs built for the x86-64 architecture]
    ├──aarch64/*.aarch64.rpm  [RPMs built for the aarch64 (ARM64) architecture]

The ISO is created at $HOME/workspaces/photon/stage/photon.iso.

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