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Old 12-08-2010, 11:16 PM
Default State of the Repositories

If you have not played with Expac yet, you should! It is a brilliant
program. Here is a small example of it in action. Feel free to tease
me for the overuse of pipes.

> find /var/abs -name 'PKGBUILD' | wc -l

> grep -rc '|| return 1$' /var/abs | cut -d ':' -f 2 | awk '{s+=$1} END {print s}'

> find /var/abs -name 'PKGBUILD' | xargs -n 1 -I '{}' grep -l '|| return 1$' '{}' | cut -d '/' -f 5 | sort > return_one

> wc -l return_one
1923 return_one

Half of the repo is littered with '|| return 1'. We've been assured
it will be phased out as packages are updated. Sometimes this
happens, sometimes not.

Makepkg was fixed in 0.3.4, released on 2010-06-16. What packages
have been updated since then?

> expac -S -t '%F' '%b %n' $(pacman -Ssq) | sort > releases

> awk '/2010-06-16/,EOF' < releases | cut -d ' ' -f 2 > updated

> wc -l updated
3276 updated

This is really depressing. Out of 3973 packages, 3276 have been
updated in the last six months. No matter how you draw the Venn
diagram, there is a large set of packages in the middle that must both
contain '|| return 1' and have been recently updated.

So which packages are they?

> comm -12 return_one updated > lazy_packages

> wc -l lazy_packages
590 lazy_packages

Let's make a graph to show how bad it continues to be.

> expac -S -t '%Y-%m' '%b' $(cat return_one) | sort | uniq -c | sed 's/^ *//' > return_one_releases

If packages were actually cleaned up when updated, the red line would
be flat on zero. Instead, 50-100 packages with 'return 1' are
released every month. (And yes, the oldest surviving package is
almost three years old. Happy birthday perl-passwd-md5, if you make
it another month.)

And finally

> expac -S "%p" $(cat lazy_packages) | sort | uniq


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