[aur-requests] [PRQ#11354] Deletion Request for firefox-always-nightly

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Fri May 11 12:23:11 UTC 2018

On 05/10/2018 05:49 PM, Morgan Adamiec via aur-requests wrote:
> I would think the rules on this would say it's still a duplicate. If
> there's problems they should be fixed, not have a new package pop up.


With two packages, the only result is no one is quite sure which one to
install, because they both seem to be the same package. "always" is not
exactly a clear descriptor...

> Your PKGBUILD does a lot of hacky stuff that I don't know how to feel
> about it. using curl for global variables. Forcing an insanely high
> pkgver so that it always wants to update.

I've seen worse than the curl.

The insanely high pkgver is honestly a lot more bothersome. It's
flat-out wrong. The technical solution to this is to use an AUR helper
which treats "-nightly" as a devel package like "-git" or "-hg".

> It's not up to me though. I brought this up briefly in the linked
> thread and Eli seemed to agree so I thought I would send this request
> and see what happens.


Given the response from Felix in the comments is:

Hi all. This package is flagged for deletion, and for very valid
reasons: basically it's doing a lot of very hacky stuff to achieve its
goals, and that puts it squarely against the rules of the AUR. (I knew
this from day 1! it's not a new concern. But I didn't really have users
who relied on this package for the longest time, so it didn't matter as

I think I have a better solution, but I might not get there in time.
Your options are:

    use firefox-nightly, which most of you who found this package
without caring about its specific features should do;

    download the PKGBUILD and use it locally. You won't get updates to
the build script, but it should continue to work for a long while, on
its own. That was always a feature :)

    download Firefox Nightly directly from Mozilla and install
user-local, and always use the auto-update functionality. You'll keep
most of the advantages but it's more work and perhaps more brittle.

Keep on eye on the "unofficial user repositories" wiki page. It's been a
good ride, I wish you all good times.

I think it's safe to say no one will miss it.

FWIW, Felix, hosting a custom repo that packages firefox-nightly itself
seems like the right way to go.

Personally I'd use the source builds from

(heftig is also the maintainer of the stable package in [extra], so he
probably does a good job. ;))

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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