.SRCINFO files contain package metadata in a simple, unambiguous format, so that tools such as the AUR's Web back-end or AUR helpers may retrieve a package's metadata without parsing the PKGBUILD directly. See FS#25210, FS#15043, and FS#16394 for examples of the sorts of issues that may arise from attempting to parse shell scripts.
PKGBUILDmetadata, such as pkgver() updates, do not automatically propagate to
.SRCINFO. Pushing an edited
PKGBUILDto the AUR without also updating its
.SRCINFOwill cause the AUR to serve stale metadata.
.SRCINFO files may be generated using makepkg.
$ makepkg --printsrcinfo > .SRCINFO
.SRCINFO files are lists of
key = value pairs, separated into sections.
Keys take their names and meanings from PKGBUILD variables. Neither keys nor values are quoted. Data that, in a
PKGBUILD, would be represented by an array is instead specified multiple times. For instance, the following are equivalent.
# PKGBUILD arch=(i686 x86_64)
# .SRCINFO arch = i686 arch = x86_64
The main section of the file is headed by a pkgbase declaration, and contains data applicable to the package as a whole. In a standard
PKGBUILD describing a single package, this will be the only section, followed by a pkgname declaration containing the same value as the preceding pkgbase.
pkgbase = foo pkgdesc = An example package. ... md5sums = SKIP pkgname = foo
In a split
PKGBUILD, each section is headed by a
pkgname, followed by any data specific to that package.
The following fields may appear only once in each
.SRCINFO file, in the
The following fields may appear up to once in any section.
The following fields may be repeated within a section to specify multiple values:
The following fields may, additionally, specify multiple architectures as shown below:
source_x86_64 = https://foo.bar/file.tar.gz source_i686 = https://foo.bar/file_i686_patch.tar.gz
Fields with other names are ignored. Blank lines and comment lines beginning with a hash sign (
#) are also ignored. Lines may be indented.