A recipe for running your pkg.depotd(1) server with SSL and Apache 2.4

As part of my contribution to the darktable community, I provide the Solaris packages needed to run the application via a locally-hosted pkg repo. You can

# pkg set-publisher -g https://www.jmcpdotcom.com/packages/packages JMCP

and then install the bits very easily.

What was a little non-obvious (to me at least) was how to get the pkg.depotd process to only listen on a secured port.

If you look at the SMF properties for svc:/application/pkg/server, you will observe these two likely-looking candidates:


They are not, however, what you need. Running pkg/server outside of svc:/application/pkg/depot is actually restricted to plain http because the backing framework here is CherryPy – and the version which pkg.depotd uses apparently has some issues with https.


So I asked a few colleagues who have worked on our packaging system for assistance. Liane pointed me at https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/E21803/apache-config.html, which was an excellent place to start. I did, however, need some handholding from Tim and eventually wound up with the following configuration which works with Apache v2.4.

Firstly, /etc/apache2/2.4/httpd.conf:

  • Follow the Apache docs for enabling ssl

  • Once you’ve settled on the port to run your pkg.depotd on, add a ReWriteRule like this:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^/packages$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}:83 [R,L]

Secondly, svc:/application/pkg/depot:default:

# svccfg -s application/pkg/depot:default
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> setprop config/port = 83
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> setprop config/ssl_ca_cert_file = "/path/to/your/SSL CA cert bundle"
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> setprop config/ssl_cert_file = "/path/to/your/SSL cert file"
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> setprop config/ssl_key_file = "/path/to/your/SSL key file"
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> refresh
svc:/application/pkg/depot:default> quit

Thirdly, svc:/application/pkg/server:

# svccfg -s application/pkg/server add packages
# svccfg -s application/pkg/server:packages addpg pkg application
# svccfg -s application/pkg/server:packages
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/proxy_base = astring: "https://your.ssl.url.here/packages"
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/inst_root = astring: "/path/to/your/REPO/on/disk"
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/readonly = boolean: true
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/log_access = astring: "/path/to/access/logfile"
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/log_errors = astring: "/path/to/error/logfile"
svc:/application/pkg/server:packages>addprop pkg/standalone = boolean: false

Once you’ve got those steps completed, it’s time to enable the services and add the publisher:

# svcadm enable pkg/server:packages pkg/depot:default
# pkg set-publisher -g https://your.ssl.url.here/packages/packages yourpublishername

Pretty simple (now that you know how).