Installing a different version of rkt in CoreOS

If a different version of rkt is required than what ships with CoreOS, a oneshot systemd unit can be used to download and install an alternate version on boot.

The following unit will use curl to download rkt, its signature, and the CoreOS app signing key. The downloaded rkt is then verified with its signature, and extracted to /opt/rkt.

Description=rkt installer

ExecStart=/usr/bin/mkdir -p /opt/rkt
ExecStart=/usr/bin/curl --silent -L -o /opt/rkt.tar.gz <rkt-url>
ExecStart=/usr/bin/curl --silent -L -o /opt/rkt.tar.gz.sig <rkt-sig-url>
ExecStart=/usr/bin/curl --silent -L -o /opt/coreos-app-signing-key.gpg
ExecStart=/usr/bin/gpg --keyring /tmp/gpg-keyring --no-default-keyring --import /opt/coreos-app-signing-key.gpg
ExecStart=/usr/bin/gpg --keyring /tmp/gpg-keyring --no-default-keyring --verify /opt/rkt.tar.gz.sig /opt/rkt.tar.gz
ExecStart=/usr/bin/tar --strip-components=1 -xf /opt/rkt.tar.gz -C /opt/rkt

The URLs in this unit must be filled in before the unit is installed. Valid URLs can be found on rkt's releases page.

This unit should be installed with either ignition or a cloud config. Other units being added can then contain a After=rkt-install.service (or whatever the service was named) to delay their running until rkt has been installed.