[aur-general] Important: upcoming dbscripts release

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Sat Aug 21 08:18:54 EDT 2010

I am pulling new dbscripts on sigurd now.

Am 16.08.2010 19:49, schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
> Hi all,
> as the new dbscripts are quite done I'll send you a list with the most
> important changes. (If you are in a hurry read at least the next
> paragraph)
> Incompatible changes:
> * db-update will now update all packages found in your staging dir from
>   all repositories
> * db-move has now a different syntax: 
>   "<repo-from> <repo-to> <pkgname|pkgbase> ..."
>   You can move as many packages as you like at once. There is no need
>   to specify an architecture here.
> * The wrapper scripts like testing2core have been removed as they are
>   no longer needed; use db-move instead
> * testing2x now moves both arches at the same time (testing2x64 has
>   been removed)
> * I have also started a user documentation at
>   http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DeveloperWiki:dbscripts
> Important changes:
> * implementation of a package pool: all packages are now stored in
>   pool/packages or pool/community directories on the ftp server. The
>   current repository directories like extra/os/i686 only contain
>   symlinks.
>   As a results moving pacakges between repositories is now a matter of
>   altering symlinks and as such very cheap. This should solve the
>   problems with not fully synced mirrors we had in the past when a lot
>   of packages were moved from e.g. testing to extra.
> * Packages are only switched to this new layout if they are updated or
>   moved. This way the migration should be slow but smooth.
> * db-move can now handle multiple packages within one "transaction".
> General improvements:
> * unit tests based on shunit2
> * heavy refactoring to share common functions
> * Added more integrity checks which are run before the repositories are
>   touched.
> * rewritten functions for easier and smaller code
> * the scripts can handle other db compressions than gz (but there is no
>   migration path yet)
> Note: even though the result is more or less a rewrite there are still
> things that can be improved or new useful features that can be added.
> The tests only cover some basic use cases so we should still have a
> look at it once the new version is deployed.
> I think we should deploy these soon (before Allan's big python rebuild
> party) with CLEANUP_DRYRUN enabled during the first days.
> Greetings,
> Pierre

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