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-A doesn't handle metapackages #85

beatgammit opened this Issue Apr 6, 2013 · 2 comments


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When I try to installkdebase4-runtime-git:

$ sudo aura -A kdebase4-runtime-git
aura >>= Determining dependencies...
aura >>= Dependency checking failed for these reasons:
`phonon-backend` exists in NO WAY as a package or as one provided by another!

However, when I try to install kdebase-runtime, pacman resolves the metapackage correctly:

sudo aura -S kdebase-runtime
resolving dependencies...
:: There are 2 providers available for phonon-backend:
:: Repository extra
   1) phonon-gstreamer  2) phonon-vlc

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fosskers commented Apr 7, 2013

I know exactly why this happens. When a package's type is being determined, generally it's checked to be a repo package, then an AUR package. If it isn't either, it's assumed to be a virtual package provided by another. When determining what its provider is, if more than 1 choice pop up, it's assumed not to be a real package. This prevents false positives.

I'll have to look at the code again to see how I could resolve this.


knrafto commented Aug 5, 2013

This is still a problem, but less so. When Aura finds a virtual package, it chooses the first package instead of offering the user a choice.

@fosskers fosskers added the Aura2 label May 22, 2014

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