[pacman-dev] [idea] Allow pacman to optionally install from a directory instead of just a .pkg.tar.xz file

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Tue Sep 19 02:25:01 UTC 2017

On 19/09/17 12:09, Moses Miller wrote:
> Pacman currently only allows installing from .pkg.tar.xz files. Usually,
> this makes sense, as packages are compressed server-side. However, this
> can become a real problem when installing packages, especially large
> packages from the aur; you are wasting cycles compressing a package just
> to decompress it a few moments later.
> As an example, I have the 'unreal-engine' package installed from the
> aur. Unreal engine is a *huge* piece of software, and the compression
> actually takes *longer* than the entire building process (on my cpu,
> anyway, which has 4 cores + hyperthreading - xz only runs on one core).
> Adding this option would cut down quite a lot on the time it takes to
> build packages like this, with no downside (that I can see).
> Any thoughts?

PKGEXT=tar makepkg

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