tl;dr: it’s just like aurget but more stable and faster

Developing aurget was getting cumbersome. Whenever something went wrong, it was very difficult to track down or figure out. The lack of standard tools for things like uri escaping or json parsing was getting a bit annoying, and the structure of the code just annoyed me. There was also a lack of confidence when changes were made, I could only haphazardly test a handful of scenarios so I was never sure if I’d introduced a regression.

I decided to write raury to be exactly as featureful as aurget, but different in the following ways:

raury coverage 

raury debug output 

raury code 

I think I’ve managed to hit on all of these with a happy side-effect too: it’s really fast. It takes less than a few seconds to churn through a complex tree of recursive dependencies. The same operation via aurget takes minutes.


So anyway, if you’re interested in trying it out, I’d love for some beta testers.

Assuming you’ve got a working ruby environment (and the bundler gem), you can do the following to quickly play with raury:

$ git clone https://github.com/pbrisbin/raury && cd ./raury
$ bundle
$ bundle exec bin/raury --help

If you like it, you can easily install it for real:

$ rake install
$ raury --help

There’s also a simple script which just automates this clone-bundle-rake process for you:

$ curl https://github.com/pbrisbin/raury/raw/master/install.sh | bash

Also, tlvince was kind enough to create a PKGBUILD and even maintain an AUR package for raury. Check that out if it’s your preferred way to install.

30 Aug 2012, tagged with arch, ruby