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README.md

aurto

An Arch Linux AUR tool for managing an auto-updating local 'aurto' package repository using aurutils.

  • Simple aurto add, aurto remove, aurto addpkg management of local aurto repo packages.
  • Automatic on startup & hourly update of aur packages in the aurto repo.
  • Automatic daily update of VCS, ie "*-git", packages in the aurto repo.
  • Maintainer trust system: Package maintainers must be ok-ed before adding into, or auto-updating in, the aurto repo.
  • Uses makechrootpkg to build packages isolated from the main system.
  • Automatic removal of packages no longer in the AUR from the aurto repo.
  • Automatic removal of packages with unknown/distrusted maintainers from the aurto repo.

Install

From a plain Arch install, first install aurutils from the aur (skip if already installed).

curl -L https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/aurutils.tar.gz | tar xz
cd aurutils
gpg --recv-keys DBE7D3DD8C81D58D0A13D0E76BC26A17B9B7018A
makepkg -srci

Install aurto from the aur.

curl -L https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/aurto.tar.gz | tar xz
cd aurto
makepkg -srci

Recommended: Add aurto to the 'aurto' repo to provide self updates.

aurto add aurto

Usage

You add aur packages to your local 'aurto' repo. This is different to installing them.

aurto add|addpkg|remove PACKAGES

Once added you can install them as normal with pacman. The packages are automatically updated periodically, you'll see aurto updates in the same way as other repos after a pacman -Syu.

Useful commands

View current packages, logs & info.

aurto status

Add a directory full of built packages to the aurto repo

aurto addpkg $(find /path/to/packages/*pkg.tar*)

Show no-repo installed packages, these may have not been added to aurto yet or may have been automatically dropped from aurto because of maintainer change or removal from the AUR.

pacman -Qm

Rebuild all aur/no-repo packages into the aurto repo

aurto add $(pacman -Qqm)

Maintainer Trust

aurto uses a system of maintainer trust for limited security. On adding packages with unknown maintainers you'll be asked whether you want to trust these maintainers.

$ aurto add spotify
aurto: Trust maintainer(s): AWhetter? [y/N]

If you don't say y the package is not added.

If any aurto repo packages change maintainer to an unknown user the packages will be removed from the aurto repo on the next update-aurto run. A warning will appear in the update-aurto logs

WARNING: Packages with unknown maintainers removed from aurto, ...

If desired such packages can be re-added and the new maintainers added to the local trusted users.

Local trusted users are stored in /etc/aurto/trusted-users initially populated with the Arch Linux Trusted Users & me.

Clear /etc/aurto/trusted-users to trust no-one.
Remove /etc/aurto/trusted-users to trust everyone.

Config

aurto builds packages in a chroot using /etc/aurto/makepkg-chroot.conf. This can be customized in the same way as the main makepkg.conf, for example to change compression.

Limitations & Security

aurto automatically builds and regularly re-builds updated remote code from the aur. Code is built in a clean chroot, but presumably will eventually be installed to your system. Take care trusting maintainers.

If aurto can't do what you want use aurutils directly.

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