[aur-general] Split packages

Chi Hsuan Yen yan12125 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 15:59:41 UTC 2016

On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:41 PM, Eli Schwartz via aur-general <
aur-general at archlinux.org> wrote:

> On 08/23/2016 11:27 AM, Chi Hsuan Yen via aur-general wrote:
> > All Python build commands can be put into package(), while GTK
> applications
> > not. It doesn't make a difference with current pacman and makepkg,
> though.
> You can put whatever commands you want in package(), gtk or otherwise.
> Which I think is exactly what you are doing in regards to python.
> The package() function is meant to separate the final step of copying
> over files into the pkg/ tree independent of everything else, ideally
> src/ should be treated as close to readonly as possible during package().
> During the installation of a python package, it figures out the list of
> modules defined in setup.py and copies them into the right hierarchy in
> build/ as well as compiling any potential binary components. Then it
> copies the contents of the build/ hierarchy (whatever that may be,
> irrespective of the original source code) into the installation root.
> Just because it is copying files around rather than running them through
> a C compiler, that makes it less of a build() sort of thing???
> --
> Eli Schwartz

Shamefully I didn't study the package guidelines carefully. I write
PKGBUILDs for Python packages by copying from the (somewhat out-dated)
Python PKGBUILD template [1], which is encouraging the wrong way. Official
packages, like python-pip or python-virtualenv, use a similar approach too.

[1] https://git.archlinux.org/abs.git/tree/prototypes/PKGBUILD-python.proto

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