[aur-general] Adding a .deb packaged application to the AUR

Pierre Chapuis catwell at archlinux.us
Fri Sep 18 15:25:38 EDT 2009

Le Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:15:36 -0700,
Smartboy <smartboyathome at gmail.com> a écrit :

> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Jeff Horelick <jdhore1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello Listmates,
> >
> > I have a package here i'd really like to add to the AUR. The problem is
> > that
> > its packaged in a .deb. How would i go about packaging this for Arch? Feel
> > free to just point at: "Look at this other package" or "Read this wiki
> > page".
> >
> > In case some of you guys don't know the formmat that a .deb is in:
> >
> > An ar archive, inside there are 2 tarballs, one called control.tar.gz which
> > for our purposes can be mostly ignored and one called data.tar.gz which has
> > the actual application files laid out in the directory structure of the
> > system similar to a Arch final binary package. (usr/bin/stuff,
> > usr/share/stuff and so on).
> >
> > Or would it be easier for me to just setup a GitHub or BitBucket account,
> > drop all the source files on there and simply make a hg or git package?
> > (For
> > the record and all, it's not my project, but it is GPLv2 so....)
> >
> Use deb2targz to convert it to a binary suitable for integration with a
> pkgbuild. It would be better to just put the source files in GitHub, though,
> as using sources is preferred over binaries in Arch.
> If you want an example of a PKGBUILD which converts a binary deb package to
> a tar.gz, see my oz-e17-tools
> package<http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23227>

You can also use bsdtar, which is provided by libarchive. It has the advantage not to add a builddep to the PKGBUILD. See http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/chromium-browser/chromium-browser/PKGBUILD if you want an example.


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