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I read here that packages in Arch Linux's AUR can be promoted to the official repositories. I also read here that packages can be promoted between the community, extra, & core repositories. So is there a way to see the packages which have been most recently added to the official repositories?

Note: I know I can view all of the packages in the official repositories here. On that page, there is a way to sort the packages by date updated, but not date added.

  • Maybe you need to access ALA since a package doesn't have a property called added-to-repo-date. Also, package name might change, packages might get split or merged, what are you trying to achieve specifically? Please define "adding to repo", if package get split and renamed, are new names count as newly-added? – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Feb 15 at 5:25
  • I'm not trying to do anything specifically. I just think it would be interesting to browse the newest packages. Regarding the issue of counting or not counting split/merged/renamed packages, it doesn't matter too much to me. If there's a way to do either, I'd be interested. – wxyz Feb 15 at 7:21
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EDIT: I found a way to do this faster natively with git log.


Clone the Arch repositories you're interested in, eg.:

git clone https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git

Enter the repository.

cd packages

Use git log on every PKGBUILD file from the repositories and let it filter the logs for when it was added to the repositories, then format the respective commit to only show the timestamp and the file name.

git --no-pager log --diff-filter=A --name-only --pretty=format:%aD -- **/extra-x86_64/PKGBUILD

It sorts reverse chronologically by default. You can limit the time it looks back with the parameter --since=5months. Replace extra-x86_64 with your favourite repository.

  • N.B. that cloning the repository uses 453M of space. Also, the find… command was very slow for me, reading only 8 packages in 5 minutes. Hence, it would take over 25 hours to update all packages. – Sparhawk Feb 19 at 0:06
  • Indeed, the find command took about 16 hours on my laptop. The git log command is searching through at most 346486 commits for each of the 2417 files. Here is the result so you don't have to run it: pastebin.com/WA32pRNX – sedot Feb 19 at 8:46
  • +1 looks like it works in theory. I'm assuming the question is more about wanting to run the command frequently though. – Sparhawk Feb 19 at 9:33
  • I'm accepting this answer as I think it is most likely the only solution – wxyz Feb 26 at 22:24

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