[pacman-dev] makepkg --pkg for selective installation of split packages

Xyne xyne at archlinux.ca
Sun Feb 14 20:25:23 UTC 2016


I completely missed the discussion in September about removing the "--pkg"
option from makepkg. Without that option, "makepkg -irs" can only be used to
install all packages from a split PKGBUILD, but a user often wants to install
just one package (e.g [1]). Makepkg's automatic dependency resolution and
installation is very useful for automation, and scripting "pacman -U" requires
assumptions about expected package names that are likely error-prone and thus
not a viable alternative.

I opened a bug report about this before seeing the thread. I bring it up here
for further discussion as this is where its removal was discussed.


[1] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1604418#p1604418

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