rua 0.9.1

AUR builder written in Rust
rua-0.9.1 is not a library.

RUA

RUA is a build tool for ArchLinux, AUR. Its features:

  • Show the user what they are about to install:
    • warn if SUID files are present, and show them
    • show INSTALL script (if present)
    • show file list preview
    • show executable list preview
  • Minimize user interaction:
    • verify all PKGBUILD-s once, build everything later
    • group dependencies for batch review/install
  • Uses a namespace jail to build packages:
    • supports "offline" builds (no internet access given to PKGBUILD)
    • home directory (~) is not visible to PKGBUILD, except the build dir. The rest of the filesystem is read-only
    • PKGBUILD script is run under seccomp rules
    • etc
  • Written in Rust

Planned features include AUR upstream git diff and local patch application.

Use

rua install firefox-ublock-origin # install AUR package (with user confirmation)

rua install --offline firefox-ublock-origin # same as above, but PKGBUILD is run without internet access. Sources are downloaded using .SRCINFO.

rua tarcheck my_built_package.pkg.tar # if you already have a *.tar package built, run RUA checks on it (SUID, executable list, INSTALL script review etc).

rua jailbuild --offline /path/to/pkgbuild/directory # build a directory. Don't fetch any dependencies. Assumes a clean directory.

rua --help && rua install --help # shows CLI help

Jail wrapper arguments can be overridden in ~/.config/rua/wrap_args.d/, see the parent directory for examples.

Install (the AUR way)

Install rua package using the default manual build process. Or use another AUR helper, or an earlier version of RUA.

Install (the Rust way)

  • Install dependencies: pacman -S --needed bubblewrap rust
  • Build:
    • cargo install, to build in cloned repo
    • cargo install rua, to build from crates.io

There won't be bash/zsh/fish completions this way, but everything else should work.

How it works

We'll consider the "install" command as it's the most advanced one. RUA will:

  1. Fetch the AUR package (via git)
  2. Check .SRCINFO for other AUR dependencies, repeat the process for them
  3. Once all dependencies are fetched, we know which pacman packages are needed to install, and which AUR packages are needed to be built and installed. Show this summary to the user.
  4. If the user proceeds, let them review all repo-s, including their PKGBUILDs.
  5. Build all AUR packages of maximum dependency "depth"
  6. After all are built, let the user review them all
  7. If review passes, let the user install these packages
  8. The lowest (dependency-wise) packages are now installed. Go to 5.
  9. Exit when all packages are installed.

Limitations

  • The tool does not allow you searching for packages, it only installs once you know the exact name. Author of this tool uses the web page to find packages.
  • Smart caching is not implemented yet. To avoid outdated builds, RUA wipes all caches in case of possible conflict.
  • The tool does not show you outdated packages (those which have updates in AUR). Use web site email notifications for now. Hopefully I'll implement it over time. Pull requests are welcomed.
  • Optional dependencies (optdepends) are not installed. They are skipped. Check them out manually when you review PKGBUILD.
  • Unless you explicitly enable it, builds do not share anything with normal user home (~). This may result in rust/maven/whatever packages being re-downloaded each build. Take a look at ~/.config/rua/wrap_args.sh to see which compromises you might want to take on that.

Safety

RUA only adds build-time safety and install-time control. Once the package passes your review, it's as safe (run-time) as it was in the first place. Do not install AUR packages you don't trust.

Other

The RUA name can be read as "RUst Aur jail", also an inversion of "AUR".

Project is shared under GPLv3+.