[arch-dev-public] SVN packaging workflow

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Mon Apr 21 14:58:19 EDT 2008

I promised to do this a while ago. This is how you work with the new SVN 

Check out the package:
$ archco pkgname
$ cd pkgname/trunk/
If the package is already checked out:
$ cd pkgname
$ svn up
$ cd trunk/
This is important so there won't be any conflicts later! If you forget 
to svn up, you can still solve the problems that may occur, but this is 
way easier.

Now do whatever you have to do and run makepkg, namcap etc. Now run 
{core,extra,testing}pkg. This uploads the package, checks the integrity 
and runs 'archrelease repo-arch'. archrelease seems to be buggy 
sometimes, so make sure it actually adds files to repos/repo-arch - you 
can see that from the output (something like "Sending 
repos/repo-arch/PKGBUILD" I thknk). The db scripts look inside 
pkgname/repos/repo-arch to find the right PKGBUILD!

Now you're done. Log on to gerolde and run the db scripts as usual.

When a package is in testing, the files in trunk pretty much reflect the 
stuff in testing. What if you want to update the package in core/extra 
without changing trunk/testing?

$ cd repos/extra-i686
edit the files, build and so on. However, devtools won't help you now. 
You have to upload the file yourself using scp and
$ svn commit -m "some commit message"
Then you can run the db script.

You don't want to check out the whole tree, it's huge. Therefore, you just
$ svn co -N svn+ssh://archlinux.org/home/svn-packages somedir
$ cd somedir
$ mkdir -p pkgname/{trunk,repos}
$ svn add pkgname/{,trunk,repos}
$ cd pkgname/
$ svn commit -m "Add package pkgname"
$ cd trunk/
Now add all the files like the PKGBUILD, don't forget to run
$ svn add PKGUILD pkgname.install somefile1 somefile2
Now proceed like above.

I didn't test this, but Aaron tells me it'll work. Instead of using 
archco, you can do a non-recursive checkout like above:
$ svn co -N svn+ssh://archlinux.org/home/svn-packages somedir
$ cd somedir
Now you can checkout single packages, too:
$ svn up pkgname
Or delete a package
$ svn up pkgname
$ svn rm pkgname
Or add one like I showed above.
This will make the archco script obsolete, maybe you like this method 

extrapkg establishes many ssh connections during your work. This always 
takes a few seconds and thus slows you down. You may even have to type 
your password many times. This will help:

Add the following lines to ~/.ssh/config:
ControlPath /home/youruser/.ssh/master-%h-%p-%r

Host gerolde
HostName archlinux.org

Host cvs.archlinux.org
HostName archlinux.org

Host svn.archlinux.org
HostName archlinux.org

The last few lines are aliases, so the hosts gerolde, archlinux.org, 
cvs.archlinux.org and svn.archlinux.org are treated as if they all were 
"archlinux.org". Now establish one connection with
$ ssh -M archlinux.org
The -M option creates a socket in the ControlPath and other ssh clients 
connecting to the same host and port will use this socket instead, and 
be tunneled through the master connection. Thus, you never have to enter 
your password again until you close the connection. Even better, 
establishing a connection (like scp, svn etc do) is much faster.

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