[aur-general] Source packages in the AUR

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Sat Sep 14 14:54:30 EDT 2013

On Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 11:30:28AM +0200, Mort wrote:
> This package is useful when one wants to write C/C++ extensions to gawk.
> There's a bunch of header files available only in the source (while there
> is one gawkapi.h in the official gawk package, it is not sufficient for
> developers who want to build their own extensions).
> http://www.gnu.org/software/gawk/manual/html_node/Internal-File-Ops.html
> It works exactly the same way as linux-headers and
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ruby-source/ (Correct me if I'm wrong).
> They exist mainly not for general users, but for developers who want to
> build their own modules from scratch. Even though it is relatively
> unpopular to build extensions in gawk, you can't assume the source package
> is "useless" in any case. Just let you know what this is intended for.

I think the point is that this package doesn't provide anything that
can't already be just as easily obtained via ABS and 'makepkg -o'

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