[aur-general] Repackaging a single binary from a package in the repos - dvisvgm from texlive-bin

stefan-husmann at t-online.de stefan-husmann at t-online.de
Thu Mar 25 18:28:41 UTC 2021

lennivh24--- via aur-general <aur-general at lists.archlinux.org> writes:

> Hello everyone.
> I recently came across a bug in dvisvgm [0] and contacted the developer
> about it. He was able to tell me that my issue was already fixed in the
> newest upstream version [1].
> Currently, dvisvgm is installed as a part of extra/texlive-bin. However,
> TexLive (and as such the dvisvgm version that is distributed with it) only
> gets updated once a year [2][3], so the currently obtainable version of
> dvisvgm has this bug until at least April.
> I was wondering how I'd go about submitting a PKGBUILD that installs
> a single binary from texlive-bin.
> As far as I know, no texlive package relies on this specific version of
> dvisvgm (or any version of it, since it's only an auxiliary binary),
> so overwriting the existing version on the system shouldn't be a problem.
> Another issue I faced is that dvisvgm depends on texlive-bin, but also
> should overwrite the /usr/bin/dvisvgm that is installed through texlive-bin.
> How would I go about submitting this PKGBUILD? Should I submit it at all?
> Thanks in advance
> Leonard.
> [0] https://github.com/mgieseki/dvisvgm
> [1] https://github.com/mgieseki/dvisvgm/issues/150
> [2] https://tug.org/texlive/#:~:text=4apr%3A%20public%20release
> [3] https://github.com/mgieseki/dvisvgm/issues/150#issuecomment-805955619


TeXlive as a whole is only updated once a year, but components may get
updated earlier on CTAN, and TeXlife follows CTAN.

You can try if
works for you. I only know
texlive-loacalmanager, which was not working very well for
me. tllocalmgr is the successor. It should create a PKGBUILD for you. You should not
upload it to AUR as it will install to /usr/local, and by default files
under /usr/local/bin will be preferred over such under /usr/bin.

Also  you  can try to file a bugreport for ARCH. Also Arch Linux'
texlive packages are updated now and then, not only once a year.

Best Regards


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