[lfs-dev] Latest packages

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat May 4 08:54:00 PDT 2013

Aleksey Rybalkin wrote:
> On Fri, May 03, 2013 at 09:54:42PM -0500, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> I'm going to write a program to automatically identify out of date
>> packages for LFS.  Has anyone already done such a beast?
>> Has anyone else looked at this?
> Hi. I wrote something like that not long ago. Here some ideas you
> might find helpful:
> 1. Lots of packages use git tagging for new versions, so if you have
> local git clone, you can periodically pull and check for new tags. I
> use alias like that for sorting tags by date (works only for
> annotated tags -- not every project uses them):
> [alias]
>      sorted-tags = for-each-ref --sort='*authordate' --format='%(tag)' refs/tags
> Without alias it can be used like that from the root of git cloned
> tree:
> git for-each-ref --sort='*authordate' --format='%(tag)' refs/tags

I'd prefer to not be quite so bleeding edge.  Waiting unto there is a 
tarball in the distribution directory seems to be a better fit for us.

> 2. The most reliable way I found to compare verions is using coreutils
> sort (newer versions have -V flag for sorting versions):
> BIGGER=`echo -e "$1\n$2" | sort -V | head -n 1`

This is nice.  I wasn't aware of that capability but I'll use it.

> 3. I also found checking package versions in testing branches of other
> distributions quite handy. Arch Linux testing branch is particulary
> easy to work with. I periodically pull from these two repositories:
> git://projects.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git
> git://projects.archlinux.org/svntogit/community.git
> Parsing versions from these repositories is trivial -- just sourcing
> sh scripts and checking ${pkgver}. One caveat -- not everything is up
> to date in Arch Linux testing (but mostly everything, they are quite
> quick to update), so you need to use other sources too.

That's a consideration.  I'm going to try to go direct to the 
distribution directories, but I'll keep this in mind.

> 4. Some projects use special "announce" mailing lists to announce new
> versions, like gnu-announce for example. These mailing lists can be
> used manually alongside automated scripted version checking.

I know, but sometime the announcement is quite late.

> As for parsing file listings -- I thought about that, but think it is
> less reliable and more clunky way than everything above combined.

Not sure it's less reliable, but I agree it's clunky.

> The code for my version checker is in my git:
> https://github.com/alekseyrybalkin/kiin/blob/master/kiin
> The code is not very well organized, but you can lookup
> "prepare-check-updates", "check-updates" and "vercomp" strings.
> I check git tags for linux and linux-stable versions (to check other
> packages is in my TODO-list) and Arch Linux community/core repos.

I'll take a look.  Thanks.

   -- Bruce

More information about the lfs-dev mailing list