[aur-general] Promoting use of .AURINFO

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Fri Jan 17 08:08:50 EST 2014

On Fri, 17 Jan 2014 at 13:56:44, Peter Littmann wrote:
> [...]
> Could you please send more infos about mkaurball, the new format and if 
> this page in the wiki is still true:
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_Metadata

Wow, didn't know about that page. Thanks for the work.

mkaurball is a tool written by Dave that should be used to build
packages for the AUR in the future. It is included in the
pkgbuild_reflection [1] repository (which might change some day, and
there will be a package in the official Arch repositories). Basically,
that script just calls `makepkg --source`, then generates .AURINFO and
includes it in the source tarball.

> What should be changed?
> BTW: How to handle split packages?

* The "depend" field has been renamed to "depends".

* Split packages are supported by mkaurball and by .AURINFO but not by
  the AUR yet. That means that you will be able to create a valid source
  tarball with valid meta data using mkaurball but the AUR will simply
  reject such packages. I am working on a solution. There might be
  support for split packages in the AUR soon.


[1] https://github.com/falconindy/pkgbuild_reflection

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