[aur-general] The Arch Way

Christoph chrdr at gmx.at
Fri Sep 10 11:02:45 EDT 2010


I have just adopted the package xmind 
(http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=22394) because the former maintainer 
disowned it, and I am not shure which is the best way to build the package.

There are three possibilities:

1) Building from source
2) Building from the "Portable" zip-file (see http://www.xmind.net/downloads/)
3) Building from the deb-files provided for Debian/Ubuntu (see 

ad 1)
This is what you would usually do, but according to 
the eclipse ide would be a prerequisite, so that would need a very large 
download if you do not already have installed eclipse (nearly 170 MB for 
eclipse plus 10 MB for the xmind source code!)

ad 2)
This was the way the former maintainer went. Download size: 75 MB
The portable zip-file contains both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions, so the 
PKGBUILD just had to copy the right files.

ad 3)
When I proposed (a year ago) to use the deb-files instead in order to have 
smaller downloads (each of them, 32-bit and the 64-bit has appr. 36 MB), the 
maintainer told me that this would be ugly and "not the Arch way", that he 
would not do such a thing. When I told him that I did not get the point of it, 
since the zip file equally just installed ready-built binaries, he did not 
respond to it.

I still think that using the deb-files would - in this special case - be the 
best option. But of course I would never dare to deviate from "the Arch way" 
(since it is the way to world domination, as we all know ;-)).

What do you think?


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