[aur-general] Split packages

Bruno Pagani bruno.pagani at ens-lyon.org
Mon Aug 22 11:14:14 UTC 2016

Le 22 août 2016 12:53:04 GMT+02:00, Lukas Mosimann <mlukas at ethz.ch> a écrit :
>Hi all,
>Christoph Gysin came up with the problem of split packages that
>each other, which is implementable in a PKGBUILD.
>As an example consider
>https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/tree/PKGBUILD?h=pasystray which 
>defines pasystray and pasystray-gtk2 which cannot be installed both at 
>the same time. Neither aura nor yaourt supports such packages.
>There is no other package known to me, but there should be some 
>clarification, whether such a package is allowed.
>In my opinion, already the name "split package" indicates that these 
>should not conflict, otherwise it would not just be a split package,
>rather something like a "versioned package".
>In order to come to a conclusion for the discussion in the comments of 
>that AUR package, I would kindly ask you for your thoughts concerning 
>this problem.

AFAIR, the intent of split packages is to avoid downloading the source/building multiple times when possible in case you want to install part or all of the corresponding packages.

Thus, I think there is no point in conflicting split packages, and regarding your example, that should then be two different packages.


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