[aur-general] Why keeping OpenRC related packages on AUR?

Connor Behan connor.behan at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 15:11:04 UTC 2019

On 9/16/19, fredbezies via aur-general <aur-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Hello.
> Note: posting in the right mailing list now. Oops!
> I hope it is the right place to discuss about this issue. I noticed
> there is a lot of OpenRC related packages on AUR. I don't want to
> start a flamewar, I just want to know what is going on with these
> A quick search gave me 42 answers - some not related to this init
> system - 95% of them last updated between 2015 and 2018.
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=0&K=openrc
> Is there any interest of keeping these PKGBUILDs?

These packages all have maintainers and some of them have votes. So
clearly there is.

> There is an official
> Archlinux + OpenRC init system called Artix, providing a migration
> guide from Arch or Manjaro.
> It is also listed in
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch-based_distributions#Active
> "Artix Linux *2016, previously Arch-OpenRC"
> https://artixlinux.org/
> https://wiki.artixlinux.org/Main/Migration
> By the way, it is written in the wiki that : "Warning: Arch Linux only
> has official support for systemd. When using OpenRC, please mention so
> in support requests."

Making it easier to use things that are not officially supported is
one of the purposes of the AUR.

> Source: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/OpenRC
> Is there any explanations for keeping them?

Yes. The submission guidelines [1] clearly permit this type of
package. Note that the AUR also has dpkg, rpm and several packages for

> Thanks for your answers.
> --
> Frederic Bezies
> fredbezies at gmail.com

[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AUR_submission_guidelines#Rules_of_submission

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