[aur-general] perl-libwww duplicates

Cedric Staniewski cedric at gmx.ca
Thu Nov 12 07:45:41 EST 2009

Xyne wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:19:08 -0500
> Daenyth Blank <daenyth+arch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 14:36, Cedric Staniewski <cedric at gmx.ca> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> There are several packages in the AUR which provides exactly the same package as perl-libwww from extra does. Apparently, it is a pacpan related issue and therefore these packages are required by other ones. Deleting them is likely no solution as they will get uploaded again by another pacpan user.
>>> Cedric
>>> => perl-http-headers
>>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25730
>>> => perl-http-request
>>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25736
>>> => perl-http-response
>>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25735
>>> => perl-lwp-simple
>>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=27566
>>> => perl-lwp-useragent
>>> http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25734
>> I'm going to cc this to xyne
> Thanks.
> This is because perl-libwww only provides libwww-perl in the PKGBUILD
> when in it actually provides over 50 modules/packages. I'll open a
> ticket on the bug tracker and then take care of the listed pacakges in
> the AUR.
> I'll post any updates here.

Thanks. I thought about that again and am curious if there is a name
convention for CPAN source files. It might make sense to set pkgname to
'perl-' the name of the source file (lowercase and without version and
suffix, of course) by default in pacpan generated PKGBUILDs, even though
libwww is an exception again.

> Perhaps this would be a good opportunity to ask everyone packaging CPAN
> modules to at least look at the provides string generated by pacpan. It
> cross-references all names with their associated source files to
> generate a comprehensive list.

They should definitely look at the PKGBUILD before uploading them. I
have seen provide arrays with items like 'modulename=undef' and there is
a new license introduced by these PKGBUILDs called '~'. But that is the
drawback of such tools; they make it so easy to generate PKGBUILDs and
thus you get quantity but often less quality.

> Regards,
> Xyne

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