[aur-general] AUR package q -- newbie

Leonidas Spyropoulos artafinde at gmail.com
Mon May 11 14:28:46 UTC 2020

On 11/05/20, Raj Kombiyil via aur-general wrote:
> Dear all,
> Greetings!
> Just finished my maiden install of arch-linux on my laptop, with my share
> of headache. But things are running alright now, I guess. It's kind of
> difficult to find packages in one place -- e.g.; I could install gedit
> easily (via pacman), but couldn't find the LaTeX plugin. Searching, I see
> it is in AUR:
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/gedit-latex
> I see that in the comments section, there's some issue. The package is
> updated in 2017 last. I know all these will be voluntary work and maybe
> people don't need this plugin much. For me, I could compile LaTeX source on
> the fly, using gedit with this plugin. What should I do to install this
> package?
> I was hoping just to install and move on with my work. I am into science
> computing and don't have the knowledge base to make this work/make packages
> etc. I read good things about Arch, so I picked it. Apologies, I am
> thankful for the great work all the developers/volunteers do, but at this
> moment I just would like something that works.
> Thank you for your time and any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Raj

Hi Raj,

See the wiki page regarding AUR and pay extra attention on the

Many use AUR helpers (which come with a big disclaimer that they are not
officially supported)

I'd recommend familirize yourself with manual building (use of makepkg)
before investing time in an AUR helper.


Leonidas Spyropoulos

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