[arch-dev-public] Adding a "posix" metapackage

Robin Broda arch-ml at coderobe.net
Fri Jan 3 14:49:11 UTC 2020

On 1/3/20 5:35 AM, Eli Schwartz via arch-dev-public wrote:
> After a bit of research work and making sure one or two things have been
> properly packaged, I've developed a PKGBUILD which ensures that a system
> has the POSIX shell and utilities (XCU) section installed. I believe
> this is an interesting thing to track, and people will want to know they
> have it installed... in aid of this, I've gotten two major holdouts
> packaged a while back -- pax (thanks to dbermond) and ncompress.
> I'd like to add this package to community, although given it's never
> been in the AUR before, it's never had AUR votes...
> One of the advantages of having this metapackage is that someone can,
> while installing arch, `pacman -S posix-user-portability` and get
> essentially everything one would expect to have available on a unix-like
> platform, most notably, the interesting parts of the base group that no
> longer have an equivalent. i.e. man-db, vi, patch, diffutils, ed.
> I've only included XCU for now, because the system interfaces and
> headers are a bit out of scope for me to package and replace in the
> event that they'd be missing anything... and also because I'm mainly
> interested in the POSIX toolset itself. That being said, I'd certainly
> be open to suggested improvements, should anyone have recommendations
> for expanding the scope.
> Thoughts?

I think it's a great idea, i definitely see myself using posix{,-user-portability} once it becomes available.

Rob (coderobe)

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