[aur-general] When should pkgrel be updated?

Ray Rashif schiv at archlinux.org
Fri Apr 1 03:12:44 EDT 2011

On 1 April 2011 08:12, Oon-Ee Ng <ngoonee.talk at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've seen (in the past) various packages on the AUR which jumped by 3
> or 4 pkgrels in a very short period of time. Sometimes it happens like
> this:-
> 1. Maintainer changes something and breaks the package with pkgrel=2
> 2. Bug reported on comments. Maintainer reverts change and makes pkgrel=3

It's really very simple - you only need to remember this:

Whenever the resulting binary changes (in an important way) for the
user, you bump pkgrel.


* Changing pkgdesc -> do NOT bump (unless it's severely wrong or something)

* Changing deps -> bump

* Changing makedeps -> do NOT bump, ever

* Changing optdeps -> do NOT bump (unless very important functionality provided)

* Changing build stuff (i.e changing PKGBUILD but no change to
resulting binary) -> do NOT bump

If in doubt about more scenarios, please describe them.


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