[aur-general] Split packages

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.info
Mon Aug 22 12:06:08 UTC 2016

On Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:53:04 +0200
Lukas Mosimann <mlukas at ethz.ch> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Christoph Gysin came up with the problem of split packages that conflict 
> 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, but 
> 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.
> Best,
> Lukas

While I'm not a fan, it's a valid PKGBUILD, there's a number of them in the
repos like this. If your helper can't handle it, it's the helper's problem.

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