[aur-general] Proposal: Mark packages that require significant computational power to build

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Fri Apr 3 19:35:49 UTC 2020

On 4/3/20 3:24 PM, Nick Shvelidze wrote:
> Hello everyone, as you know, some packages on AUR take many minutes to
> build on all but very powerful machines. I think it would be helpful to
> have an optional bit of metadata that will mark these packages, or possibly
> even a general thing that will describe approximately how intensive the
> package is to build.
> Writing this as freecad-git melts my laptop.

A pinned comment could do this today. Most users of such software I
think know that they are heavyweight software, to be honest.

Either way, this is not going to be an official PKGBUILD variable as
defined by makepkg and stored in the .SRCINFO, because it is out of
scope for makepkg.

I guess it could be discussed as a potential feature for e.g. a checkbox
in the AUR web interface. There's a slightly similar feature request at
https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/56602 asking for a checkbox for "this is
a VCS package".

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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