GNU ELPA Mirror
This repository hosts a tool for maintaining a GitHub mirror of the GNU ELPA Emacs Lisp Package Archive. The service is deployed to Heroku and runs daily.
GNU ELPA uses an overly complex, unwieldy, and fragile build process. Therefore, running GNU ELPA packages directly from source is not an easy task. In addition to the added complexity when compared to MELPA, running some packages requires a local checkout of the Emacs source repository.
These problems are all neatly avoided if the GNU ELPA build process is run on Heroku and the results are mirrored to GitHub, so that the packages can be easily run from source by anyone.
Now, after I set this up, I found that it could be used to solve other
problems as well. One is that cloning epkgs, which
uses as an index for the Emacsmirror, takes a while, because it
includes a full SQL database. Since
straight.el doesn't actually
need the contents of that SQL database, only the other information in
the repository, GNU ELPA Mirror makes available a
mirror of this repository containing only the
small files that
straight.el actually needs. Note that the actual
Emacsmirror packages are not mirrored---that would be somewhat
absurd---only the index.
There is a listing of all mirrored GNU ELPA packages. This should correlate roughly with the list of published GNU ELPA packages. Furthermore there is a limited mirror of the Emacsmirror index, which corresponds to information available in epkgs.
The package named
<foo> can be found at the URL:
If you use the package manager
packages will be automatically used (provided they are not also
available from MELPA or Org ELPA) with the following
configuration, enabled by default:
(setq straight-recipes-gnu-elpa-use-mirror t) (setq straight-recipes-emacsmirror-use-mirror t)
This is also documented in the
Create a Heroku app named
Add the following buildpacks:
ACCESS_TOKENconfig var to a GitHub personal access token with the
Add the Heroku Scheduler addon.
Configure Scheduler to run the command
Set up automatic deploys when pushing to GitHub.
Run it locally (in a virtualenv, after installing from
$ python3 -m gnu_elpa_mirror
Test the cron job manually:
$ heroku run ./cron.daily.sh
$ heroku run bash