[aur-general] Package proprietary softwares with hard-coded paths within /usr/local?

Chi-Hsuan Yen yan12125 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 6 12:21:21 UTC 2017

Hello Arch enthusiasts,

I'd like to create a package for Pulse Connect Secure, a popular VPN
software. Current PKGBUILD can be found at [1]. That package works
fine, but it conflicts with Arch's packaging guideline. [2]

"Packages should never be installed to /usr/local"

The reason I put files in /usr/local is that file paths are apparently
hard-coded. Specifically, the VPN frontend (pulseUi) loads assets from
/usr/local/pulse/html, and then it invokes /usr/local/pulse/pulsesvc
to actually connects to VPN.

Is there a workaround for this?


Yen Chi Hsuan

[1] https://github.com/yan12125/aur/blob/master/pulse-connect-secure/PKGBUILD
[2] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_packaging_standards#Package_etiquette

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