If you are an Arch Linux user and you are not using aurphan, you can take a moment to hang your head in shame before you click on to whatever the next thing is. The package description sums up perfectly what aurphan does:
Finds packages in need of maintainers, bug fixes and patches. Adopt today!
aurphan -a, for example, will identify any
AUR packages in your
database that are not currently maintained; allowing you to log in to
the AUR and hit the ‘Adopt’ button, leaving you feeling all worthy and
If, like most Archers, you have a compulsive desire to automate
everything then clearly typing (or even remembering to type)
-a into a terminal periodically is as ludicrous as it is onerous. The
obvious answer is some shell script and a cron job.
Then, as part of my dwm-status script, a function to check that there are no new additions to the file and, if there are, flash a highlight:
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The awk filter excludes a null return, which is “No aurphans found.” Now, if any of the packages that I use from the AUR are disowned, I’ll be the first to know about it.
- Actual feeling may differ depending on the package you have adopted and the amount of prescription painkillers that you are currently ingesting…