[pacman-dev] Bug or feature? Nonexistent SRCDEST or PKGDEST

William Giokas 1007380 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 03:33:52 EST 2014

On Mon, Jan 06, 2014 at 10:37:22PM +0900, Emil Lundberg wrote:
> Hello!
> While playing around with a package of mine, I noticed that the command
> $ SRCDEST=/tmp/emil/foo/src makepkg
> fails with error message "You do not have write permission to store
> downloads in /tmp/emil/foo/src." if the directory does not already exist.
> Likewise, setting PKGDEST to a nonexistent directory causes failure with
> error message "You do not have write permission to store packages in
> I patched /usr/bin/makepkg to create the directories if necessary, and now
> it works fine. Since it was so easy, and I imagine others have experimented
> with the above environment variables, I am lead to ask: Is this behaviour
> by design, or should I submit my patch?

I believe that it is a feature. It also does it with a few of the other
'DEST' variables, namely SRCPKGDEST and LOGDEST, as well as BUILDDIR. I
consider this a feature. These directories are something that the user
should keep maintained, and should not be dismantled or removed on a
whim, with the exception of BUILDDEST. Even if you are using a directory
in /tmp or some other temporary filesystem, you can use tmpfiles.d(5) to
guide you on how to auto-create a directory or directories. I currently
do this to save some disk activity on my SSD.

You can still submit the patch, however this has a -1 from me already.

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