[aur-general] What is pkgrel and why/how should I use it?

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.org
Tue Mar 3 23:23:09 UTC 2020

On Tue, 3 Mar 2020 13:29:30 -0600
karx via aur-general <aur-general at archlinux.org> wrote:

> Hi Georg, thank you for your reply.
> If I am understanding correctly, pkgrel is for changes to the
> PKGBUILD, and pkgver is for changes to the actual sources. Is this
> correct?
> Yash
> On 3/3/20, Georg <g.schlisio at dukun.de> wrote:
> > Hi Yash,
> > and welcome to archlinux.
> > pkgrel is the internal revision of the package, e.g. the packaging
> > version. This allows improvements on the package without bumping the
> > software release version and is often used for binary rebuild to adapt
> > to changed dependencies etc.
> > Georg
> >  

Kind of. pkgrel is for changes to the built package, there's plenty of changes
you can make to the PKGBUILD that don't change the actual package; those don't
require a pkgrel change.

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