[pacman-dev] Utility functions for PKGBUILDs
allan at archlinux.org
Fri Jun 8 06:10:32 EDT 2012
On 08/06/12 17:31, Aaron DeVore wrote:
> Many other distros contain such functions. From what I've seen, the
> functions can help make packages more concise and less error prone.
> 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?
So... I am all for reducing duplication of code, but have been quite
wary of implementing this (there are _OLD_ bug reports about this in
The advantage of the PKGBUILD system is that you do not have to learn a
language to implement a package. If you can build a package, you can
easily create a PKGBUILD for it. Adding a library would not stop this
(you can still build with the full commands), but it would lead to
PKGBUILDs that required more than some basic bash knowledge to read.
I think that disadvantage outweighs any advantage from adding a library
Now I never like to send a potential contributor away. So have a look
at the bug tracker and wiki as see if there is something else you would
be interested in and let us know. I am sure we can help you get going
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