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Maintain a pool of packages from source and binary stocks


The pool is a system thats maintains a pool of binary packages which may be either imported as-is from a registered collection of binaries, or built on-demand from a registered source or collection of sources.

The dominant abstraction for the pool is a virtual filesystem folder that you can get get specific versions of specific packages from. Behind the scenes, the pool will build those binary packages from source if required and cache the built binaries for future access.

Terminology / architecture

The pool maintains a pool of packages from source and binary 'stocks'.
a container for packages in binary or source form
stock types
git single
git repository containing one single package
git repository containing multiple packages
regular directory containing multiple packages
sumo arena containing multiple packages
another pool
a binary Debian package inside a stock
a source Debian package inside a stock
build root
a chroot environment with an suitable toolchain setup for building packages
build logs
the output from the build process for a package built from source
package cache
a cache of binary packages either built from source or imported as-is

File/data structure

The pools tucks away all of its internals neatly out of site in a 'hidden' directory. The reason for doing this was to make it easy to treat the pool as a 'special' directory, which may contain registered stocks or subpools as sub-directories.

The pool has no data formats/configuration files. All of its 'data' is stored directly as filesystem constructs:

        root -> /path/to/buildroot # symbolic link
                log of the build process

        <package>-<version>.<arch>.deb # maybe in a pool-like tree

            link -> /path/to/stock # symbolic link to the stock

                    contains cached list of versions

            SYNC_HEAD # contains the last checkout/.git/HEAD we synced against


Syntax: pool <command> [args]

Maintain a pool of packages from source and binary stocks

Environment variables:

POOL_DIR            Location of pool (defaults to '.')
DEBINFO_DIR         Location of debinfo cache (default: $HOME/.debinfo)

Initialize a new pool

pool-init /path/to/build-chroot

Register a package stock into the pool

pool-register /path/to/stock

Stock type can be:

  • another pool (need to watch out for circular dependencies)
  • /path/to/sumo_arena[#branch]
  • /path/to/git_repository[#branch]
  • /path/to/regular_directory

Unregister a package stock from the pool

pool-unregstier /path/to/stock

Prints pool info

pool-info [-options]


--registered          Prints list of registered stocks and subpools (default)
--stocks              Prints list of registered stocks
--subpools            Prints list of registered subpools

--build-root          Prints build-root
--build-logs          Prints a list of build logs for source packages

--pkgcache            Prints list of cached packages
--stock-sources       Prints list of package sources in registered stocks
--stock-binaries      Prints list of package binaries in registered stocks

-r --recursive        Lookup pool info recursively in subpools

Prints source build log for package

  • info-build package
    will return info on built package
    or no information if it wasn't built or an error that the package doesn't exist

Check if package exists in pool

pool-exists package[=version]

Prints true/false if <package> exists in the pool. If true exitcode = 0, else exitcode = 1

List packages in pool

pool-list [ <package-glob> ]

If <package-glob> is provided, print only those packages whose names match the glob otherwise, by default, print a list of the newest packages.


-a --all-versions
    print all available versions of a package in the pool

-n --name-only
    print only the names of packages in the pool (without the list)
        incompatible with -a option

Get packages from pool

pool-get [-options] <output-dir> [ package[=version] ... ]

If a package is specified without a version, get the newest package. If no packages are specified as arguments, get all the newest packages.


-i --input <file>     file from which we read package list (- for stdin)

-s --strict           fatal error on missing packages
-q --quiet            suppress warnings about missing packages

-t --tree             output dir is in a package tree format (like a repository)

Garbage collect stale data from the pool's caches

pool-gc [ -options ]

Stale data includes:

  1. A binary in the package cache that does not belong in any of the registered stocks.

    This includes binary packages which have since been removed from a registered stock.

  2. Cached binary and source package versions.


-R --disable-recursion    Disable recursive garbage collection of subpools

Example usage session

cd pools

mkdir private
cd private

# initialize a new pool
pool-init /chroots/rocky-build

for p in /turnkey/projects/*; do
    # auto identifies the type of the stock we register
    pool-register $p

    show pool information (registered containers, etc.)

#  woops, noticed I registered the wrong branch
#  added #devel branch for emphasis
#  unregister would work without it since there is only one branch registered for that path
pool-unregister /turnkey/projects/pool#devel

# prints a list of all packages in the pool (by name only)
pool-list -n

# prints a list of all packages + newest versions

# prints a list of all packagse that match this glob
pool-list turnkey-*

# prints a list of all package versions for neverland
pool-list --all neverland

# prints a loooong list of all package versions, old and new, for all packages
# watch out, every git commit in an autoversioned project is a new virtual version
pool-list --all

for name in $(pool-list -n); do
    if ! exists -q $name; then
        echo insane: package $name was just here a second ago

mkdir /tmp/newest

# gets all the newest packages in the pool to /tmp/newest
pool-get /tmp/newest

# gets the newest neverland to /tmp/newest
pool-get /tmp/newest neverland

# gets neverland 1.2.3 specifically to /tmp/newest
pool-get /tmp/newest neverland=1.2.3

# gets all packages that are listed in product-manifest and exist in our pool to /tmp/newest
# don't warn us about packages which don't exist (unsafe)
pool-get /tmp/newest -q -i /path/to/product-manifest

# creates a repository like
mkdir /tmp/product-repo
for package in $(cat /path/to/versioned-product-manifest); do
    if pool-exists -q $package; then
        pool-get /tmp/product-repo --tree -s $package


maintain a pool of packages from source and binary stocks



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