[aur-general] Status of the Chromium/Chrome packages on AUR

Panos panosfilip at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 14:49:59 EDT 2009

Hello to everyone!

I had recently created a thread on bbs.archlinux.org here


 in order to discuss the situration for the numerous chromium packages on AUR. 

As I can see, they are getting more and more. I would like to make the 
discussion on mailing list so that more people would participate.

The list:

1 aur/chromium-browser (369)            
2 aur/chromium-browser- (0)                  
3 aur/chromium-browser-dev r26808-1 (107)                                           
4 aur/chromium-browser-inspector r26919-1 (22)                                      
5 aur/chromium-browser-l10n (6)
6 aur/chromium-browser-svn `svn info /chromium/src/ | grep (8)
7 aur/chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-nonfree r26428-1 (39)
8 aur/chromium-continuous -latest (46)
9 aur/chromium-fresh -latest (25)
10 aur/chromium-snapshot 27035-1 [27188-1] (439)
11 aur/chromium-snapshot-64 27164-5 (110)
12 aur/chromium-snapshot-64-last -6 (40)
13 aur/chromium-snapshot-latest -3 (4)
14 aur/cxchromium 0.9.0-3 (153)
15 aur/iron (61)

Except for 15 and 6 which provide a different package, and 14 which is very 
old, all the others are differently packaged chromium from svn. 

Chromium in these packages comes from two sources:

2)a deb from ppa.launchpad

So I make the same question: do we really need all these packages ? Shouldn't 
they be less and provide, from fewer PKGBUILDs, the different pre-packaged 
chromium browser ? Because they are mostly repackaging an already packaged 
chromium browser, except for (6).

We have two chromium-browser that use a deb package --> shouldn't it be one ?
We have chromium-browser-dev --> it is the same as 1 and 2, but it can 
repackage debs for both architectures.
5 is a l10n package, it is only for the repackaged debs.

We have 4  chromium-snapshot PKGBUILDs (they provide the one from 
build.chromium.org ). Shouldn't there be only one, which will create a 32 or 
64 package from one PKGBUILD ? Just like chromium-browser-dev (which 
repackages the deb one) and automatically ?

As you can see, it is clearly a bit of a chaos here. 

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