Re: [Idea] Debian User Repository? (Not simply mimicing AUR)
- Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2019 19:01:28 +0200
- From: Alf Gaida <agaida@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Idea] Debian User Repository? (Not simply mimicing AUR)
On 07.04.19 17:40, gregor herrmann wrote:
I'm one of those people.
And I still don't know what "an AUR-like service" is, or what
"packaging scripts" are.
After reading the intro at
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_User_Repository I guess,
translated to Debian terms, we are talking about user-provided source
Maybe a simple example of how things could work - the AUR consists of
* the website https://aur.archlinux.org/
* the git repo
* some not official (and not really needed) helper scripts
The wiki put it in the best possible way:
Users can search and download PKGBUILDs from the AUR Web Interface. These PKGBUILDs can be built into installable packages using makepkg, then installed using pacman.
Let's take lxqt-about as example: It is both in the regular archlinux
repository and in the AUR:
So - what is the difference in this case: the community repository
points to the release, the AUR package points to git master. The
packaging consits only of the PKGBUILD aka the "build script". Thats all.
One can download these scripts and build with a simple `makepkg`.
After building the package one can install the local packate with pacman:
* Repo: pacman -S lxqt-about
* local: pacman -U lxqt-about*tar.xz
And thats the whole magic - the only thing that the arch guys host is
the PKGBUILD, maybe some patches and install instructions. So they don't
have to care about any licensing or limitations - they only host the
For debian it could work the same way - just host the debian dir and be
done with. Iirc the kde team work this way, they have only the debian
dir in salsa. With a modified watch file it should be possible to get
any source one want to. So the "only" thing needed is the infrastructure
to host and maintain these repos. The rest is up to the user and a
fundamental different approach as launchpad and ppa's.
PS: Please don't hit/yell at me if i've overly simplified some things. :)