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"Sorry, but I still prefer CheckInstall. Checkinstall also does RPMs and DEBs as well as Slackware packages and it's *way easier* to use than ABS or EBUILDs. You just type "checkinstall" instead of "make install" and it will strip the binary, create the package (with dependencies when building RPM/DEB) and will install it for you. No reason to bongle your mind with filling deps manually and end up with multipe folders that ABS creates and complicates the matter. "
How often are you installing RPM/DEB on Arch? Otherwise you have to fill in dependencies somehow anyway.
Here is an example PKGBUILD:
# Contributor: dibblethewrecker dibblethewrecker.at.jiwe.dot.org
pkgdesc="rxvt-unicode is a clone of the well known terminal emulator rxvt, modified to store text in Unicode (either UCS-2 or UCS-4) and to use locale-correct input and output. It also supports mixing multiple fonts at the same time, including Xft fonts."
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-everything
make || return 1
make prefix=$startdir/pkg/usr install
How can you call this difficult? You can continue trolling about checkinstall and whatnot but I don't think there are anyone that thinks that making Arch packages is difficult or timeconsuming.