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Re: [alpine-devel] Script to parse APKBUILDS and output table of arch support

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:14:54 +0200

On Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:06:28 +0200
Jakub Jirutka <> wrote:

> Hi,
> seding APKBUILDs is not a very good approach how to gather this
> information. That said, it can quite work in this case, for *arch*,
> because this is rarely (if ever) dynamic (e.g. adding archs based on
> some conditions) or variously formatted, but not for all variables.

I agree. The way to parse the APKBUILDs is to execute them.

> We already have library for sort of programmatic reading of
> <>. It basically just
> evaluates every APKBUILD, prints and parsers the selected variables.
> This is used e.g. in pkgs.a.o.

I started on a aports-cache project while on the plane. Its a small C
program (soon library) that parses all the APKBUILDs and writes a yaml
output file. It compares the timepstams on the APKBUILDs and update the
cache if needed.

I haven't decided if we want keep the yaml format or if we should use
toml or json for this.

I think the way forward is to have a common library that parses the
APKBUILDs and let the tools use the cache where all shell variables are

The idea is to make a lua-aports-cache binding and let lua-aports use
this. We could also make bindings to python, ruby etc.

> I agree that such reports would be useful for maintainers for
> recently added platforms. However, there are much more reports that
> would be useful, so it*d be better to separate data and presentation.


When thinking of it, we might need a separate json/yaml/toml for each
arch. There might be conditionals, for example different set of
subpackages for each arch.

> I mean, create a simple RESTful API for aports or just some JSON
> export, so anyone can make whatever report needs, without parsing
> APKBUILDs over and over again. This is yet another thing on my very
> long TODO list* Hm, maybe this week. It*s pity that we are so
> dislocated over the planet, some local hackathons may be very
> productive for such tasks. :)


> Jakub
> > On 20. Jun 2017, at 16:21, Tmp File <> wrote:
> >
> > Good morning Alpiners.
> >
> > I wrote a shell script that reads all APKBUILDS on a repository, parses the arch= setting, and output a csv table with detailed information about which package is supported by which architecture.
> >
> >
> >
> > It outputs a complete table and also a table of only packages that aren't supported for all archs.
> >
> > Here's the final result:
> >
> > I think this can be of great help to arch maintainers so they can know with more ease which packages they must work on.
> >
> > My goal sharing this work is that someone implements it as a cron job (for example) on or some other address.
> >
> > In the testing I parsed only main/ but it should also work for community/ and /testing.
> >
> > Let me know your opinion.
> >
> > tmpfile
> >
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