[arch-dev-public] [RFC] Deprecate ABS?

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sat Mar 25 21:19:02 UTC 2017

On 25/03/17 21:24, Bartłomiej Piotrowski wrote:
> Hi all,
> Allan complained yesterday that ABS is apparently broken. Turns out that
> most likely it is broken at least since 2016-07-07.
> The script received no changes since 2012-09-07 and the main advantage
> it brings is an easy way to pull all PKGBUILDs. But we also provide
> public Subversion and Git repositories. Initial svn checkout for
> community and packages takes less than 3 minutes on my rather slow
> connection (for European standards); obviously subsequent updates are
> faster. Full git clone is slow, but shallow one takes ca. 10 seconds
> (for both).
> If someone needs to checkout just one package, svn has sparse checkouts
> and for git, Dave wrote asp[1]. This brings the question, what is the
> point of keeping it running?

Can our server handle the load of svn/git checkouts? That was the main
concern when we moved to SVN many years ago and the reason ABS was kept.

I have been working on and off to include source packages into a pacman
database to allow pacman to directly replace these.


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