[arch-general] Wrapper for yaourt and pacman

Chirantan Ekbote chirantan.ekbote at gmail.com
Sun Jul 14 13:57:52 EDT 2013

Hi Ralf,

Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> writes:

> Thank you Gaetan, thank you William,
> currently I have to manage 62 AUR packages, so using pacman only doesn't
> provide what I need. I noticed that yaourt is a script, so I could take
> a look at it, learn and include what I need to a wrapper for pacman, but
> I don't like to do it that way.
> You seem to have reasons not to like yaourt that much. Is one of the
> other helpers listed at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_Helpers
> better?
> FWIW I want to have a cache for AUR packages, like there is for the
> official packages in /var/cache/pacman/pkg, linux-rt packages should be
> stored to another directory.

Take a look at SRCDEST, PKGDEST, and SRCPKGDEST in /etc/makepkg.conf.
If you want a different folder for specific packages, you can use an
environment variable to override the default. So you can do something
like this in the directory with the PKGBUILD:

    $ PKGDEST=~/aur/cache/linux-rt/ makepkg

> I want to install linux and linux-rt headers first, because I need VBox
> modules.

This is the only thing you might have to do manually or write a script

> I want to add a history of what I've done when using pacman (and what
> I've done using something to manage AUR packages, e.g. yaourt).

makepkg has a build log flag (-L or --log) and you can set LOGDEST in
/etc/makepkg.conf.  When your package is installed it will show up in
pacman's logs because the only way to properly install it on your system
is to call pacman -U /path/to/your/package.
> That's all, perhaps an app already does provide this?
> Regards,
> Ralf


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