[aur-general] bit torrent AUR

Jelle van der Waa jelle at vdwaa.nl
Sat Jul 25 14:53:56 UTC 2020

On 25/07/2020 10:49, Kusoneko wrote:
> On July 25, 2020 5:06:01 AM UTC, Storm Dragon via aur-general <aur-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> The recent AUR migration got me to wondering how difficult it would be
>> to set up the AUR as a p2p model with something like bit torrent. I am
>> not at this point even suggesting that it be implemented, I am more
>> just curious about the challenges of such a thing.
>> Thinking about it, there would have to be some kind of security process
>> in place to make sure PKGBUILDs were not modified and retrieved from
>> only one source. Maybe a way to mark certain machines as trusted,
>> and/or setting a minimum of distributers that must agree on the
>> validity of the PKGBUILD in question.
>> I am by no means an expert on this stuff but if something like this
>> were done, and if it worked, it could even be expanded to community
>> packages as well, meaning that any machine with a cache could also
>> serve as a mirror for those packages. So, is something like this
>> feasible?
>> Thanks,
>> Storm
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> Probably feasible, but it'd be a pain in the ass to update PKGBUILDs for AUR packages and so, not really a great idea. Plus, git already does most of what's needed. Likely, anyone could set up a mirror for the AUR by crawling through it and cloning all the packages, so it's really only centralized because no one bothers mirroring it. I really don't see why you'd want to share it over bit torrent to be honest.

If you want to setup a mirror talk with arch-devops on either irc/mail.

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