[pacman-dev] makepkg repackage option text

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 20:20:24 EDT 2009

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Sebastian Nowicki wrote:
>> Is running the package() functions required? I realise it is semantically
>> correct, but isn't the typical use case for the -R flag simply to change
>> metadata? In that case only the variables defined in the package() functions
>> have to be read. I'm not familiar with the implementation so there might be
>> a problem there.

It is usually best to rerun packaging, as fakeroot often leaves
permissions in odd states after exiting. I've used -R before and
produced a package with my own permissions rather than root.root.

> To read the variables defined in the package function, we need to excue the
> package functions.  So this is necessary for at least package splitting.
> My main use case for this is if an "install" command fails, or needs
> adjusted, then the packaging can just be run again.  I have never had to
> just adjust metadata so I don't know if that is a common usage.  Also, the
> packaging will take a fraction of the time that the building does (even for
> large packages it will be very small) so this should not be too much of an
> issue.

How about "Repackage contents of the package without rebuilding"?


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