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Devtools - development tools for Arch Linux

This repository contains tools for the Arch Linux distribution for building and maintaining official repository packages.


When building official distro packages the BUILDTOOLVER needs to be set to the exact label of the release package in order to allow to detect the exactly used devtools version. This is required for reproducible builds to fetch the according files like makepkg.conf.

BUILDTOOLVER="${pkgver}-${pkgrel}-${arch}" make all


For local development testing, there is a convenience wrapper for pkgctl that will automatically build the project and proxy all calls to the local build directory:

./test/bin/pkgctl --help

Commit messages

All commits must follow conventional commits.

The following groups are allowed:

  • chore
  • feat
  • fix
  • doc
  • perf
  • test

To override the scope for the changelog entry use the Component: trailer.


feat(db): yay mega cool feature

Very long and useful description.

Fixes #1
Fixes #2

Component: pkgctl db remove


  1. bump the version in the Makefile
  2. Commit everything as Version $(date +"%Y%m%d")
  3. Create a new tag git tag -s $(date +"%Y%m%d")
  4. Push changes
  5. Upload the source tarball with make dist upload
  6. Update the package


Runtime Dependencies

  • arch-install-scripts
  • awk
  • bash
  • binutils
  • coreutils
  • curl
  • diffutils
  • fakeroot
  • findutils
  • grep
  • jq
  • ncurses
  • openssh
  • parallel
  • rsync
  • sed
  • systemd
  • util-linux
  • bzr
  • git
  • mercurial
  • subversion

Optional Dependencies

  • bat (pretty printing)
  • nvchecker (version checking)
  • pacman-contrib (--update-checksums options for pkgctl build)

Development Dependencies

  • asciidoc
  • make
  • shellcheck


Devtools is licensed under the terms of the GPL-3.0-or-later (see LICENSE).