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#1 2019-01-06 21:37:39

From: Cymru
Registered: 2011-11-27
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Is the old PKGBUILD for chkrootkit available anywhere?

Is it possible to find the old PKGBUILD for chkrootkit? According to, it used to be in AUR but was possibly dropped due to reliance on an outdated netstat. However, I noticed that a new version of the software was released after that thread was posted (, so I'm wondering if it might now be possible to compile the package again with current netstat.

I'd like to do this because chkrootkit, unlike current rkhunter, can be run from a live medium to check a system independently. (It's possible to check some things with rkhunter this way, but lots of tests just get run against the live medium, even when I edit the configuration file as well as I could, whereas chkrootkit offers a simple command-line switch for this purpose.)

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#2 2019-01-06 21:48:32

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Re: Is the old PKGBUILD for chkrootkit available anywhere?

From Aug 08, 2015:

# Maintainer: Arthur Zamarin <> 

pkgdesc="rootkit detector"
arch=(i686 x86_64)

build() {
  cd "$srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver"

package() {
  cd "$srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver"
  for f in check_wtmpx chkdirs chklastlog chkproc chkrootkit chkutmp chkwtmp ifpromisc; do
    install -Dm755 "$srcdir/$pkgname-$pkgver/$f" "$pkgdir/usr/bin/$f"

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#3 2019-01-06 21:51:46

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Registered: 2014-08-08
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Re: Is the old PKGBUILD for chkrootkit available anywhere?

Yes -- the git repository backing the package is never deleted.

If the package was removed because it depended on deprecated things and was not deemed as being useful anymore, or alternatively deleted because it had dependencies that were missing from the AUR and no one was interested in (re-)uploading/fixing them, then anyone who is willing and interested in fixing the issues with the package is welcomed to reinstate it and take up active maintainership for it (and even better if they can update it to new versions that hopefully fix these problems).

We even include an ssh interface command to make this easier, see `ssh help` for details

Disclaimer: Obviously that is never an excuse for people who know of a package and know that it was deleted for breaking the rules or something, to reupload a package in bad faith.

But for this case, where a package was seemingly deleted due to lack of interest, it seems reasonable to me to re-upload it even as-is, now that there is interest.

Last edited by eschwartz (2019-01-06 21:52:27)

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