Migrating to AUR 4

Following the announcement of version 4.0.0 of the Arch User Repository, a new Git-based AUR, those maintaining packages need to migrate them.

These notes are about migrating to the new Arch Linux Git-based AUR4 repository.

Create a new working directory

$ mkdir aur4-maintained
$ cd aur4-maintained

Create a new SSH key to use for the AUR:

$ ssh-keygen -f aur-key -t rsa -b 4096 -C "archlinux@jelmail.com"

Next, log in to the AUR4 page and paste the contents of the public key aur-key.pub into the space on the profile page.

Then test that the key setup works:

$ ssh -i aur-key aur@aur4.archlinux.org list-repos

and set up SSH to use the key for the AUR.

$ echo -e "Host aur4.archlinux.org\nIdentityFile /home/build/aur4-maintained/aur-key" >> ~/.ssh/config

and test again:

$ ssh aur@aur4.archlinux.org list-repos

Download helper script

$ wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/amiad/d9876a004c3e836a69a7/raw/d75f684b715442116e1d2438bec531c00c4a7574/import-to-aur4.sh
$ chmod +x import-to-aur4.sh

Update pkgbuild-introspection to get mksrcinfo that the helper script needs (it's in version pkgbuild-introspection-7-1.

$ pacman -S pkgbuild-introspection

If the aur-key has a passphrase then using the SSH agent avoids the need to keep entering it:

$ eval `ssh-agent`
$ ssh-add aur-key

The following command gets the list of repos from the AUR and runs the helper script to import them:

$  ssh aur@aur4.archlinux.org list-repos | grep '^*' | sed -e 's/^*//' | xargs -n1 ./import-to-aur4.sh

Entries in list returned by list-repos are prefixed with an asterisk (*) if the repo is empty. The command only processes empty repos.


The helper script has since been publised as aur2aur4 on GitHub and can be downloaded thus:

$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/amiad/aur2aur4/master/aur2aur4.sh

It supports a -a inspired by my suggested command-line to get the list of repositories from the AUR.