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Re: [Idea] Debian User Repository? (Not simply mimicing AUR)

Plus, it's super important to write every packaging bit into a single
file. That would enable simple copy&pasting from github or any other
resources. If you provide a directory, things will become more
complicated. More impotantly, the proposed single file specification
virtually adds NO overhead.

If I were a rookie, I'd really like single-file specifications
which allows simple copy&pasting.

On Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 04:54:51AM +0000, Mo Zhou wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 07, 2019 at 04:31:24PM +0200, Jonathan Carter wrote:
> > +1, it's a good idea and I've thought of it before as well.
> Nice!
> > Reading some of the initial replies to your post, it seems like people
> > don't entirely understand what you mean by an AUR-like service. This
> > would definitely be different than PPAs (in the launchpad sense) or
> > bikesheds (which is still a terrible name for all the confusion it causes).
> Yes, and now real working example is available, see following.
> > Have you put any thought in possible implementation yet? I don't think
> > it's a good idea to devise any kind of new source packages. It's
> Inventing yet-another wheel is unwise, undoubtedly. Only something
> less than a tiny overhead is acceptable. Only in this way can
> we use all existing mature development tools and documentations.
> > probably not even necessary to use existing source packages. If you'd
> > have the standard debian packaging for such an AUR^W... DUR? in a git
> > repository (maybe like salsa.debian.org/dur/*) with a standardised git
> > workflow for these, then it should be rather trivial to implement with a
> > helper script that fetches the upstream source and just builds that
> > package locally. So I think from a technical point of view, implementing
> > something like AUR for Debian doesn't seem so hard. It can also act as a
> > nice gateway to proper Debian development.
> If we ignore the web part, a functional yet rushed demonstration is
> available here:
> https://github.com/dupr/duprkit
> If you follow the instructions there, you will be able to pull the default
> packaging collection, do searching by keyword, and build some demo
> packages (they are really working).
> Specifically, I drafted 2 new plain file format specifications:
> f822 (means folded deb822), and durpkg (mimicing PKGBUILD).
>  * f822 format allows you squash the whole debian/ directory into a single
>    plain file, with a specification that cannnot be simpler[1]
>  * durpkg is a concatenation of a shell script and an f822 file[2].
>    the shell part[3] defines things like (1) how do prepare the source
>    (2) how to apply some patch (3) how to build the .deb packages
>    (4) how to clean (5) optionally user's customed hacks.
>    Shell script introduces the MAXIMUM flexibility and allows the users
>    to do virtually anything they want.
> An user contributed collection looks like [4], see readme for directory
> layout specification for a DUR? collection. The "duprkit" can be
> configured to use other, or private collections as well.
> Everything looks hacky since it's rushed within several hours. Many
> details could be improved. However, this demonstration is enough
> to illusrate what I'm thinking.
> [1] https://github.com/dupr/duprkit/blob/master/bin/unfold#L25
> [2] https://github.com/dupr/duprkit/blob/master/bin/unfold#L74
> [3] https://github.com/dupr/DefaultCollection/blob/master/gotop/gotop.durpkg#L1-L38
> [4] https://github.com/dupr/DefaultCollection