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Original OSNews Interviews Today we are very happy to feature a huge interview with most of the developer team of Arch Linux, including its founder, Judd Vinet. If you are curious about this young and promising Linux distribution, dig in for more!
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RE: ABS
by Shahar on Wed 30th Mar 2005 07:18 UTC

Hmm, well, Checkinstall is simpler than using an editor to create a PKGBUILD, but can we use Checkinstall itself to create a PKGBUILD?

While it probably is simpler to use Checkinstall for personal use, once you wish to contribute back, you're in a bit of a trouble. Checkinstall might be able to create the package nicely, and maybe even use namcap to automatically add dependency info (does checkinstall add dependency info to RPM/DEB? I only used it with Slackware). Putting the possibility of dependency bloat aside - how can a package made with checkinstall be shared back to the community?

No one has any idea how it is built, and since Arch's repositories are based on PKGBUILDs, well, it's a bit of a problem. More so, these packages can't really be "trusted", because again we lose the information about the way it is built.

P.S.
If I made any mistakes here, please fill me in, as I am not a checkinstall expert.