June 15, 2020 by Drew DeVault

What's cooking on Sourcehut? June 2020

Hello! With May behind us and July looming, we have another month of progress on the alpha in our cap. Today we’re joined by 695 new users, bringing our total strength to 15,458 brave hackers. Give our new peers a warm welcome, please!

General news

Please be advised that today, June 15th, starting at 18:00 UTC, we have a planned outage. Services are expected to be intermittently available for a period of up to an hour. Each outage is expected to be limited to one service at a time, and should last no more than 15 to 30 minutes each. Consult the status page for more information.

I’d also like to thank Eli Schwartz once again, for stepping up as the new official maintainer of the SourceHut Arch Linux package distribution. He will be handling the maintenance of the Arch Linux repository going forward; please direct your inquiries and patches to him. Thanks Eli!


A new GraphQL API for meta.sr.ht is now available. Play with it here! As promised in the last update, the GraphQL playground is now JavaScript-free. I am also working on an improved means of API authentication, with finer-grained access controls and more compatibility with industry standards like OAuth2.

If you’re curious to learn more about the application of GraphQL to SourceHut, I wrote a blog post on the subject last week.


The manifest submission page has replaced ace.js with CodeMirror for the JavaScript-enabled build manifest editor. This should work better on mobile devices and feels a bit more native to use (because it is a bit more native). As before, users with JavaScript disabled will still be able to use a plain textarea to submit build manifests.


Builds submitted for GitHub pull requests now include the GITHUB_PR_BODY in the environment, thanks to Paul Spooren’s patches for OpenWRT. Thanks Paul!


Ivan Habunek has implemented support for previewing the rendered Markdown for ticket descriptions and comments, and it was further refined by RenĂ© Wagner. Gabriel Augendre also rigged it up so that you’re copied on tickets submitted by email, so you get the ticket number that was assigned sent back to you, and Benjamin Lowry submitted several bug fixes. Thanks, everyone!


The GraphQL API has grown support tag artifacts, and learned many bug fixes. Thanks for helping to test this!