[aur-general] Split package pkgrel/arch issue

Xyne xyne at archlinux.ca
Mon Dec 7 19:39:50 EST 2009

> Daenyth Blank wrote:
> > I'm maintaining tremulous in community, and I'd like to split it into
> > tremulous and tremulous-data, to save space and bandwidth for both
> > mirrors and users, as well as making it a lot easier to package
> > alternate clients. The problem I'm running into right now is that
> > dbscripts can't handle packages with different pkgrel/arch lines in a
> > split package.[1] The arch issue isn't pressing, since I could just
> > silently update -data later (replace the i686 and x86_64 packages with
> > one -any package without updating pkgrel). This should be seamless for
> > users, and there's no reason to bump pkgrel because the change has no
> > effect for users who have -data already installed.
> > 
> > The other issue though, is that I'd like to set tremulous (the client
> > package) to -6 (it's at -5), while keeping -data and pkgrel 1. I tried
> > to commit this, but the dbscripts errored out saying it couldn't find
> > data 1.1.0-6. What's my best course of action here? I see them as
> > 1) Wait for dbscripts support. I don't want to do this because the 1.2
> > beta was recently released, and it would depend on -data. I'd rather
> > not keep users waiting
> > 2) Put out -data with pkgrel=6, then once dbscripts support is added, either
> >   a) Reset pkgrel to 1 with "force", or
> >   b) Continue from -6 going up to -7, etc. This feels ugly to me.
> > 
> > [1]: http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/17390
> > 
> Or you could just make two separate packages.
> Allan

That's how I worked around the problem when I split Nexuiz. It makes no
difference to [community] users and anyone wanting to build both the
data package and the client package should be able to figure out how to
re-use the source for both. In the absense of full support for split
packages, this solution is the most KISS imo.


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