[aur-general] About the vuescan-bin package updating problm

Pasha Finkelshteyn pavel.finkelshtein at gmail.com
Sat May 29 07:18:12 UTC 2021

On 21/05/28 05:28PM, Eli Schwartz via aur-general wrote:
> On 5/28/21 5:10 PM, Thibault Molleman via aur-general wrote:
> > So, I like the Vuescan app and I respect the developer for having made it.
> > Really glad I paid for it.
> > BUT it has to be said that installing/updating this aur package is a
> > disaster.
> > Basically: the download urls and/or the checksums keep changing to the
> > point where 90% of the time when you try to update/install it, the pkgbuild
> > is already out of date.
> > I emailed the developer asking if he could adopt a better download url
> > system.
> It sounds like you've done an excellent job analyzing the problem and
> figuring out the solution.
> > He replied: "No, I want people to only download VueScan from www.hamrick.com
> > and I’m trying to figure out ways of disabling downloading from other
> > sites."
> That's a shame, but there's nothing anyone can do about it if he does.
> > I explained to him that downloading from a repo or via a pkgbuild is such a
> > convenient method and one of the key selling points of using Linux tbh.
> > But haven't received an answer back (it has only been 3 days. But still).
> > 
> > I really hope this 'issue' can somehow be resolved so people can properly
> > install this great app without the constant cat-mouse game of trying to
> > update the checksum fast enough.
> The checksums will need to be updated either way in order to update the
> package. Your solution does mean the old version would continue to work
> until the PKGBUILD gets updated...
> -- 
> Eli Schwartz
> Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

I don't know if it's compatible with AUR/Arch policies, but what can sto
us from writing python-selenium script, which will find actual download
URL and will check its checksum and if it's differrent — will update
everything needed?


Big Data Tools @ JetBrains
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