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[INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArcoLinux

Post by darknetmatrix » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:03 am

What’s the AUR? Arch User Repository
The Arch User Repository (AUR) is a community-driven repository for Arch users. It contains package descriptions (PKGBUILDs) that allow you to compile a package from source with makepkg and then install it via pacman. The AUR was created to organize and share new packages from the community and to help expedite popular packages' inclusion into the community repository.
How do you use the AUR?
Well, you could do what a lot of people do and download the PKGBUILD and then compile it. However, some people don’t prefer to do it that way. That’s where AUR clients (or AUR helpers) come in. They make installing PKGBUILDs super easy.
[OUT] 1.Yaourt https://archlinux.fr/yaourt-en
Yaourt (Yet AnOther User Repository Tool) is usually the tool everyone uses when it comes to AUR helpers. This tool is command-line based (like many on this list). If you’re new to Arch Linux, you might want to consider using Yaourt. It has a lot of niceties. For example: with a certain command you’ll be able to update both your main Arch Linux repositories as well as all of your AUR packages in one go. This is very convenient, not to mention that it’s the easiest to get running (all you need to do is edit your pacman.conf file and add a new repository) and you’ll be able to install it.
[OUT] 2. Packer https://github.com/keenerd/packer
A long time ago, I was told to use Yaourt. For a while I liked it, but then (for some reason) I stopped being happy with it. After that, I decided to switch to Packer. I’ve been super happy with it and I never looked back. Why?
Well, for starters, the syntax Packer uses is exactly the same as pacman, so you won’t get confused. Another great thing about Packer is that it’s really fast and works fairly quickly. There’s not really much else to say about it. It’s a simplistic program that does one thing really well. It installs AUR PKGBUILDS and updates them.
3. Trizen https://github.com/trizen/trizen
Not interested in Packer but still looking for something lightweight? Check out Trizen. It’s an AUR helper written in Perl instead of Bash (which gives it some serious power), not to mention the easy-to-understand syntax packed full with features and the speed in which it installs packages is more than satisfactory. It’s great.
Speed isn’t the only thing Trizen has going. Since the program is written in Perl instead of Bash, it is impossible to execute code silently, thus increasing the overall security of installing packages from the Arch User Repository.
This program isn’t as well known as most of the others on this list, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
4. Pacaur https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur RE-EDIT = NOT MAINTAINED ON JAN 2018
Pacaur is an AUR helper that uses cower as a backend. It’s one of the more complex Arch User Repository helpers, and is commonly picked by advanced users looking to completely automate repetitive tasks. For example: Do you have a ton of AUR packages installed? Are you dreading having to sit at the keyboard entering options? With this you’ll be able to just enter your password and tell the program everything it needs to know. After that everything is smooth sailing.
Another great thing about Pacaur, is (like Packer) it uses the exact same syntax as pacman. This means you’ll mostly understand how it works right out of the gate! If you’re looking for a command-line AUR helper that is a bit more advanced, consider checking out Pacaur.
5. PacmanXG https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pacmanxg/
Most AUR helpers are command-line based, and that’s great. Most people that use Arch generally feel the most comfortable when using programs inside a bash terminal window. However, not everyone wants a command line tool. Some people would rather have a great GUI tool to use.
Enter PacmanXG, a graphical manager for pacman. It’s a useful tool, and it doesn’t just interact with the AUR. You’ll be able to install regular packages from the main Arch Linux repository as well. This is very, very handy.
This tool is just about perfect for users that prefer to install packages in a more hands-off way. For instance: do you want to install a ton of stuff from the AUR? Just search for all the programs you want, select them, enter your password and just wait for everything to install.
Do you still know other helpers? Feel free to fill the list.
Note: these programs can be installed by going to the Arch Linux https://aur.archlinux.org/ website, searching for the program, downloading it and installing it. ArchMerge comes with Yaourt and Packer allready installed.
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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by zar-marco » Mon May 07, 2018 8:36 pm

Hi, I have one question. Why did you decide to use yaourt/pacaur/packer that in the arch wiki its are signed that inactive?

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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by erikdubois » Tue May 08, 2018 4:18 am

Simple answer.
Arch Wiki is not always right.
Yaourt is the nr1 for AUR helper. The other two are less and less maintained.
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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by gregg0 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:04 am

re: Packer ( AUR helper ); it appears to be "stalled", not functioning, and most confusingly, a new product by Hashicorp that does something, I'm not sure what...but it's nothing to do with the AUR.
IMHO, the reference to it in this post about polybar potentially sends the viewer on a goose chase ( considering Packer is not packer-aur ).

The polybar videos were otherwise really helpful and I'm enjoying it more than the main-bar. Thanks!

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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by erikdubois » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:14 am

that is an old post.

we used to have packer it is out now
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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by 8bit » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:07 pm

Erik,

I'm used to using apt to install software but now that I plan to move to ArcoLinux for my work PC, I need to feel comfortable with installing packages and software the Arch Way. This post seems a bit dated and I found a video of yours on YT but it is also a bit dated.

Can you point me to a good video or post where you explain how to install update software within ArcoLinux and the tools to use at this point in time?

Searching for packages in the AUR is completely foreign to me.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by 8bit » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:15 pm

Would the following video still be relevant?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF9M3ROYAhE

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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by erikdubois » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:07 am

Yes still relevant.
AUR website is the place to learn about packages.

AUR helpers will change over time.
We had yaourt, then packer, now yay and trizen.
What will we have next year?

Just another tool. But the AUR is there.
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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by erikdubois » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:09 am

Learn, have fun and enjoy.
But first use the power of the Arch Wiki
use the tutorials on https://www.youtube.com/erikdubois
then use the power of google
and only then use the power of our moderators.

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Re: [INFO] Great AUR Helpers for ArchMerge

Post by 8bit » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:54 am

Thank you as always Erik!


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