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FS#52 : Some packages are built by "Unknown Packager"
  • Status Unconfirmed
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  • Task Type Bug Report
  • Category Packages
  • Assigned To No-one
  • Operating System i686
  • Severity Low
  • Priority Very Low
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Attached to Project: Archlinux32
Opened by Luke Shumaker - 21.09.2018

FS#52 - Some packages are built by "Unknown Packager"

Some packages have

packager = Unknown Packager

, which is caused by


not being set.

I analyzed every .pkg.tar.xz file in the Arch 32 repos (all architectures). The earliest Unknown Packager package was built on June 9, 2017, and they’ve been intermittent since then. Here’s a listing of how many times each packager appears:

      2  Dave Reisner 
      2  Fabio Castelli (Muflone) 
      2  Giancarlo Razzolini 
      2  Jelle van der Waa 
      2  Laurent Carlier 
      2  S?bastien Luttringer 
      2  schuay 
      3  Florian Pritz 
      3  Johannes L?thberg 
      4  Alexander R?dseth 
      4  Andreas Radke 
      4  Eli Schwartz 
      4  Tobias Powalowski 
      5  Gaetan Bisson 
      5  Jonathan Steel 
      6  Bart?omiej Piotrowski 
      6  Erich Eckner 
      7  Kyle Keen 
      8  Evangelos Foutras 
      8  Maxime Gauduin 
      9  Jaroslav Lichtblau 
      9  Lukas Fleischer 
     18  BlackEagle 
     21  Sergej Pupykin 
     22  Guillaume ALAUX 
     29  Sven-Hendrik Haase 
     32  Levente Polyak 
     35  Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) 
     39  Felix Yan 
     43  Jan de Groot 
     44  Andreas Baumann 
     75  Ball? Gy?rgy 
     81  Antonio Rojas 
   6592  Unknown Packager
  20577  Erich Eckner 
  27707  total

This causes a problem for us in Parabola, because we just started applying the usual upload checks from


to packages that we import.

bill auger commented on 24.09.2018 05:20

i was trying to make sense of this today and my results were pretty strange

i wrote a script to extract 'Unknown Packager' from the db caches in /var/lib/pacman/sync/ and i got very different counts then what luke reported - i ran the same script on both parabola i686 and again on arch32 - it did show that all of the packages by 'Unknown Packager' are in [extra], [community], and [core]

$ wc -l ./unknown-packagers-parabola
1800 ./unknown-packagers-parabola

$ wc -l ./unknown-packagers-arch32
2250 ./unknown-packagers-arch32

one thing i noted was that one of the packages (4ti2) that arch32 has by 'Unknown Packager' for v1.6.7 shows as v1.6.9 packaged by 'Erich Eckner' on parabola and the parabola package has a higher version number and later build date - maybe my mirrorlist is wonky on arch32 but it is the default one that was installed

package: 4ti2-1.6.7-1
build date: 1497644502
packager: Unknown Packager

package: 4ti2-1.6.9-1.0
build date: 1536224793
packager: Erich Eckner

the script i used is attached to the corresponding parabola bug report
https://labs.parabola.nu/issues/1652 https://labs.parabola.nu/attachments/444/find-unknown-packagers

Erich Eckner commented on 24.09.2018 08:47

The buildmaster now rejects package built by "Unknown Packager" - what remains is to rebuild all packages, that are already committed.

Erich Eckner commented on 24.09.2018 08:54

btw: operating on the package database is much faster than extracting every single package:

find . -name '*.db.tar.gz' | \
  while read -r repo; do
    tar -Oxzf "${repo}" --wildcards '*/desc' | \
      sed -n '/^%FILENAME%$\|^%PACKAGER%$/{N;s/\n/ /;p;d;}'
  done | \
  sed '/^%FILENAME% /{N;/\n%PACKAGER% Unknown Packager$/!d;s/\n.*//;s/^%FILENAME% //;}'


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