WHAT IS POWAUR?
powaur is an AUR helper written in C. Its main objective is to provide a yaourt / pacman esque interface to the AUR.
Currently, powaur supports:
- Multithreaded downloading of packages from the AUR with dependency resolution
- Searching for packages on the AUR
- Querying local and sync databases for package information
- Installing packages from the AUR (no dependency resolution)
- Backing up your pacman local database
Unlike full featured AUR helpers such as clyde, powaur is not meant to replace pacman.
powaur provides an interface which is as close to that of yaourt and pacman as possible, without sacrificing too much performance. After all, why learn an additional set of commands when you are already familiar with one that works? =)
powaur seeks to:
- provide an interface as similar to pacman as possible
- do things efficiently. Hence C is the language of choice
Inspiration for powaur has come from:
THE -S FLAG
-S flag does not do any dependency resolution when it comes
to installing packages. What it does is:
- Downloads the tarball packages from the AUR
- Unzips them in
- Asks the user to edit the PKGBUILD
makepkg -sto install the package
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUR
The Arch User Repository (AUR) is a community driven repository. As such, AUR packages are unsupported and come with a certain level of security risk.
As such, use of the
-S flag to install AUR packages is highly discouraged.
You are highly advised to look through the PKGBUILDS before invoking makepkg
to build the packages.
Dave Reisner for allowing me to use code from cower (json parsing using yajl)
Some source code in powaur comes from the following projects:
Please email bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pang Yan Han email@example.com