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Updating a Go package in Fedora

Just a quick-n-dirty post to remind me the process needed to update a Go package in Fedora.

  1. Check the changelog

Backward-incompatible updates should go only to Rawhide. If there are any breaking changes, check the dependencies with the following command and decide if the changes can be handled in a safely manner:

dnf repoquery '--disablerepo=*' '--enablerepo=*-source' --arch=src --whatrequires 'golang('

This command prints all packages that BuildRequires the package. This is usually the most important thing to check for Go packages.

  1. Run go2rpm in dist-git
  1. Stage the relevant changes
git add -p .
git restore .
  1. Download the new sources from upstream
spectool -g golang-github-labstack-echo-4.spec
  1. Upload the new sources to the Fedora’s look aside cache
fedpkg new-sources echo-4.3.0.tar.gz
  1. Add a changelog entry to the spec file
* Tue May 11 2021 Ondřej Budai <> - 4.3.0-1
- Update to 4.3.0
- Close: rhbz#1958599
  1. Stage and commit the changes
git add .
git commit

The commit message should be something like:

Author: Ondřej Budai <>
Date:   Tue May 11 10:10:46 2021 +0200

    Update to 4.3.0
    Close: rhbz#1958599
  1. Make a scratch build
fedpkg scratch-build --srpm

From here, things should be simple.