[arch-general] Post-packaging modification tool

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Wed Apr 29 12:15:59 UTC 2015

On 28 April 2015 at 23:04, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 03:19:25PM -0500, Eli Schwartz wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM, Sebastiaan Lokhorst <
>> sebastiaanlokhorst at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 2015-04-28 18:50 GMT+02:00 Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org>:
>> >
>> > > I have a large set of already packages (300+) that I'd like to make
>> > > some minor modifications to the meta data in.  Since it takes a few
>> > > hours to build them all I'd prefer to avoid dong that.  So, is there
>> > > a tool out there that allows me to make some minor changes to the meta
>> > > data of a package?
>> > >
>> >
>> > A package is just a tar.xz, so you can simply unzip it, edit the .PKGINFO
>> > file, and zip it again. (I think)
>> >
>> Alternatively, if the PKGBUILD is updated makepkg has an option to
>> --repackage without redoing build()
>> Editing .PKGINFO might be faster, but repackaging is the "correct" way to
>> do it, for however much that's worth.
> That might be the easiest way, unless someone's already written a tool
> that solves the problem.

Unfortunately `pacman -R` won't work.  It will re-run the `package()`
function in the PKGBUILD, meaning that it relies on the packaged SW's
build system (Makefile, or similar) to first install the built stuff
in `$pkgdir`.  Since I only have the packages I can't easily recreate
a complete `$srcdir` without first compiling... so I suppose I'll have
to look into the details of the package format and come up with some
script to modify it directly.


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