[pacman-dev] Utility functions for PKGBUILDs

Florian Pritz bluewind at xinu.at
Fri Jun 8 05:31:48 EDT 2012

On 08.06.2012 09:31, Aaron DeVore wrote:
> I will be taking a university course in open source software
> development over the summer. We need to pick a project to work on
> during the course. Would adding utility functions to makepkg/PKGBUILDs
> be acceptable to Arch?

I think that doesn't really fit into pacman since pacman tries to be
distro agnostic so it would make more sense to put it in some kind of
library. Sadly, putting it in a per distro library will make sharing
pkgbuilds harder.

With those functions it would also be less obvious what a pkgbuild is
doing and you can't run each step of the pkgbuild in a shell any more
(which is quite handy when trying to debug build problems).

If you want to do something that has great chance of being pulled in,
take a look at the pacman roadmap [1]. Also join #archlinux-pacman
before starting to work on something to check if other people might
already have partial patches ready.

[1]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman_Roadmap

Florian Pritz

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