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

Santiago Torres-Arias santiago at archlinux.org
Fri Jan 3 15:22:03 UTC 2020

On Fri, Jan 03, 2020 at 03:49:11PM +0100, Robin Broda via arch-dev-public wrote:
> 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.

+1 to this. I definitely think this would be useful to have when
needed. I'm curious, though, are there any specifics about the providers
on these POSIX tools/libraries/whatnot (i.e., would it be wortwhile
discussing the alternatives?).

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