[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 02:30:43 UTC 2017

On 19/09/17 12:25, Allan McRae wrote:
> 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

Acutally...  PKGEXT=.pkg.tar

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