[aur-general] Package depends on 'provides' of another package

LoneVVolf lonewolf at xs4all.nl
Sun Sep 6 11:55:45 UTC 2015

On 05-09-15 21:22, Christopher Reimer wrote:
> On 05.09.2015 20:15, Johannes Löthberg wrote:
>> On 05/09, Christopher Reimer wrote:
>>> Unfortunately aurweb is unable to resolve vdr-api back to the actual
>>> vdr package.
>>> So either it's a bug in aurweb or my construct (vdr-plugin --> vdr-api
>>> - --> vdr) is way to complex an there's an easier approach.
>> It has nothing to do with being unable to. aurweb would be fully able
>> to. It's that that's not how provides work. This behaviour is exactly
>> like if you eg try doing a `pacman -Si` on the provide. Provides just
>> provide another name for conflict resolution, and depending on a provide
>> will likely never link to the package page of some random PKGBUILD that
>> provides it because many things could provide the same thing and it's
>> not a real package name.
> That makes sense. But I still don't know how to depend on vdr-api with a
> different pkgver than vdr itself.
> As this can happen, as it happened before.
> Thanks
> Christopher

Ok, so a split package doesn't help because of the pkgver limitation.
The workaround (a bit ugly) is then to create a standalone dummy package 
for vdr-api .
You give it whatever value is needed as pkgver, and make it depend on 
the vdr package.


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