[aur-general] Categories

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera hugo at barrera.io
Thu Sep 4 05:42:59 UTC 2014


I've some stuff I'd like to discuss regarding AUR categores.

To begin with, categories are package metadata that lives in the AUR only. The
PKGBUILDs have no reference to them, nor does pacman.
This is really inconsistent with all of the other package variables, so I'd
just like to propose we move this from merely being AUR metadata to the
PKGBUILDS themselves, adding a "category" variable to them, eg:


This would also leave the door open for pacman to process these variables in
future, which could also be useful. I can't be the only person who's wanted to
do something like "pacman -Q --category=games" to look for installed games.
(the example syntax is horrible, but it's just to make it understandable).

Any opinions? Downsides? Comments?


Hugo Osvaldo Barrera
A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to right.
Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted text?
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