[aur-general] PKGBUILD for an .AppImage

Jonathon Fernyhough jonathon at manjaro.org
Sat Oct 13 14:36:51 UTC 2018

On 13/10/2018 14:34, Robin Broda via aur-general wrote:
> On 10/13/18 2:06 PM, Tom Hale wrote:
>> The advantages I see of packaging an AppImage are:
>> * Automatic updates
> Automatic in what sense
>> * GUI integration (eg appname.desktop file and icon)
>> * Easy access to man pages, help docs and changelog
>> * Easy access to files (eg skeleton config files) specified in the help docs
> Why would that require AppImage in the loop?
> Literally none of your points have anything to do with AppImages.

I believe Tom is pointing to the advantages of deploying an AppImage via
a PKGBUILD, rather than of the AppImage format itself. Essentially,
using an AppImage as a package `source` like an RPM/deb or other
non-native packaging archive.

I've seen some projects [citation needed] provide only an AppImage and
building from source is non-trivial, so being able to "package" the
AppImage could make it easier to use within Arch.

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