Talk:VCS package guidelines

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https:// vs git://

Could we consider a guideline to use firewall-friendly protocols when possible (e.g. instead of git://
--Mitch feaster 14:34, 15 November 2011 (EST)

It shouldn't be too hard to just mention that. As I haven't heard of anybody else ever bringing it up, it'd probably be enough.
--Det (talk) 22:51, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Updating a CVS repo

I don't use cvs. How can you describe the pkgver for cvs (for pacman 4.1)?
-- Dracorp (talk) 09:31, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

CVS is not supported in pacman 4.1 like the other VCS tools. You will need to update pkgver manually until CVS support is added.
-- Jstjohn (talk) 22:44, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, but how about mentioning that in the article (as well as giving a download example)? Even if it's not that common anymore.
--Det (talk) 22:39, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
The download example can still be found in /usr/share/pacman/. The next version of the ABS package should update it a bit so the download happens in the prepare function where it belongs. As for pkgver, I think the generic example using date covers that, as there's not a way to get a version number from a CVS repo. Maybe a note to that effect?
-- Scimmia (talk) 07:17, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
That makes the most sense, but it might also be a good idea to rename the "Fallback" section to something like "Fallback / CVS" to make it more obvious even when you're just checking out the table of contents.
But as for ABS, as far as I can tell the last commit was over 8 months ago.
--Det (talk) 05:54, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Hmm, there were a number of patches submitted last month for cleaning up the prototypes, looks like none have been committed yet. I do remember a discussion (IRC maybe?) questioning the proper place for the prototypes, so maybe that's why? Looking at the patches, I was mistaken anyway; they didn't update the darcs or cvs prototypes. Simple enough, I'll send in a patch myself.
--Scimmia (talk) 08:22, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
I use this dirty hack: cvs history -c -a | cut -d' ' -f2 | sort -u | tail -n 1 | sed 's|-||g" ; could probably be improved.
--Buhman (talk) 18:00, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

More on git pkgver()'s

I would also like to see packages use pkgver functions like this:

git describe --always --long | sed -E 's/([^-]*-g)/r\1/;s/-/./g'

so they are more friendly to vercmp. Current behaviour using git-git as an example:

current ver: next ver:

1 # the first is greater than the second

Right now, the current version is actually greater than the new version, causing a downgrade. If r is appended to the patch level (the numbers just before the g<hex> bit), then vercmp would order the versions correctly.

current ver: 1.8.2.r210.g123abc-1 next ver:

vercmp 1.8.2.r210.g123abc
-1 # the first is less than the second

KaiSforza (talk) 20:42, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

What about using following sed sed 's/-/.r/; s/-g/./' it is shorter than what you proposed and seems work the same way.
Anatolik (talk) 03:53, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
It will work with some repos, but not all. What if the tag has a dash in it?
Scimmia (talk) 05:50, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
From my experience most of the tags do not contain any dashes and simpler sed expression can be used. There are some projects that use dashes e.g. 1.2-alpha and in this case you are right - the more complicated sed expression should be used to handle it correctly.
Anatolik (talk) 20:19, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
So Git makes some projects jump down from x.x.x.210 to x.x.x.x.50? Is that really intended behavior?
--Det (talk) 22:48, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, that's intended behavior. That number is the number of commits since the last tag, so it will reset every time the author tags a new commit.
Scimmia (talk) 08:02, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
I noticed just now there's the .1.
--Det (talk) 20:44, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Why not make the change for use .r or ~ instead from the actual . for prevent that problem
--Jristz (talk) 18:52, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Well, that's what's being suggested..
--Det (talk) 05:57, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
I have the same issue with tup-gitAUR package that bumped its version from 0.6 to 0.6.5. previously generated version was 0.6.350.gfoobar now it became 0.6.5 that is smaller than previous. Generated version should split upstream version from git describe version. My vote is goes to ~ delimiter proposed above. Or maybe we can use - as delimiter?
--Anatolik (talk) 11:43, 17 Jun 2013 (UTC)
You can't have a - in the pkgver, so that's out. ~ is an option, but I kind of like the suggested .r. Seems cleaner to me.
Scimmia (talk) 16:47, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
r prefix is fine with me. We also need to cut leading v from the version returned by git. Here is slightly modified pkgver() used by tup-gitAUR package git describe | sed -E 's/^v//;s/([^-]*-g)/r\1/;s/-/./g'
--Anatolik (talk) 6:13, 26 Sep 2013 (UTC)
I'd like to see a more visible separator between the different parts of the version number, I suggest +
git describe | sed -E 's/^v//;s/-([^-]*-g)/+r\1/;s/-/+/g'
Progandy (talk) 19:40, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

pkgver function for hg based on tags

I recent came across a way with hg to show the most recent tag, as well as the number of commits from this tag (similar to the output of git describe.)

pkgver() {
  cd local_repo
  hg log -r . --template '{latesttag}.{latesttagdistance}.{node|short}\n'

Please could this be included in the page.

Garyvdm (talk) 09:03, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

git pkgver: Date of last commit at the beginning of the version number for compatibility with older PKGBUILDs from AUR?

We have quite a bunch of older PKGBUILDs for -git packages in AUR which still work but which do not have a pkgver function yet. Many of these actually carry a date as version number (mostly the date of the last git commit at the time when the PKGBUILD was last updated).

When you update these scripts to use one of the two pkgver functions suggested on the wiki page, AUR helpers like packer will (in most cases) suggest that there is a newer version in AUR on every system update. My proposal to solve this problem is a pkgver function which precedes the generated version number with the date of the last git commit:

pkgver() {
	cd "${_pkgname}"
	echo $(git log -n 1 --date=short | sed -nr 's|^Date:\s+([0-9]{4})-([0-9]{2})-([0-9]{2})$|\1\2\3|p').$(git rev-list --count HEAD).$(git rev-parse --short HEAD)

This function is *not* intended to go into PKGBUILDs in AUR, but could be proposed as a temporary "local" fix in the wiki for the period of time until the package maintainer has found time to update his PKGBUILD in AUR.

--Hardfalcon (talk) 21:22, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

Since it's just a local workaround, why not just hardcode a larger number in there? If you want the date of the last commit, I would suggest awk as being easier to use and to read/understand
git log -n 1 --date=short | awk '/Date/ {gsub ("-",""); print $2}'
Scimmia (talk) 05:29, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

shorten hg version

To prevent long package file name, It is proper to use this format

pkgver() {
  cd $_repo
  _id=$(hg identify -i)
  echo $(hg identify -n).${_id:0:4}

--Dlin (talk) 05:30, 26 August 2013 (UTC)


pkgver() {
  cd local_repo
  _id=$(cat manifest.uuid 2>/dev/null)
  echo ${_id:0:4}

--Dlin (talk) 05:36, 26 August 2013 (UTC)