DLAGENTS=('protocol::/path/to/command [options]' ...)
Sets the download agents used to fetch source files
specified with a URL in the PKGBUILD(5)
file. Options can be specified
for each command as well, and any protocol can have a download agent. Any
spaces in option arguments are required to be escaped to avoid being split.
Several examples are provided in the default makepkg.conf.
If present, %u will be replaced with the download URL. Otherwise,
the download URL will be placed on the end of the command. If present, %o
will be replaced with the local file name, plus a “.part”
extension, which allows makepkg to handle resuming file downloads.
Sets the packages required to fetch version controlled
source files. When required, makepkg will check that these packages are
installed or are included in the depends or makedepends arrays in the
Specifies your computer architecture; possible values
include such things as “i686”, “x86_64”,
“ppc”, etc. This should be automatically set on
A string such as “i686-pc-linux-gnu”; do
not touch this unless you know what you are doing. This can be commented out
by most users if desired.
Flags used for the C preprocessor; see CFLAGS for more
Flags used for the C compiler. This is a key part to the
use of makepkg. Usually several options are specified, and the most common
string resembles something like this: “-march=i686 -O2 -pipe”.
Another useful option may be -mcpu in place of -march. Read gcc(1) for more
details on the wide variety of compiler flags available.
Flags used for the C++ compiler; see CFLAGS for more
Flags used for the linker. Several options may be
specified with common usage resembling “-Wl,--hash-style=gnu”.
Read ld(1) for more details on available linker flags.
This is often used to set the number of jobs used; for
example, -j2. Other flags that make accepts can also be passed.
Additional compiler flags appended to CFLAGS for use in
debugging. Usually this would include: “-g”. Read gcc(1) for
more details on the wide variety of compiler flags available.
Debug flags used for the C++ compiler; see DEBUG_CFLAGS
for more info.
BUILDENV=(!distcc !color !ccache check !sign)
This array contains options that affect the build
environment; the defaults are shown here. All options should always be left in
the array; to enable or disable an option, simply remove or add an
“!” at the front of the option. If an option is specified
multiple times, the final value takes precedence. Each option works as
Use the distributed C/C++/ObjC compiler to spread
compilation among multiple machines. If this is enabled, DISTCC_HOSTS must be
specified as well.
Colorize output messages, making output easier to
Use ccache to cache compilation by default. This allows
for faster compiles if you are continuously recompiling the same packages. It
can be disabled for individual packages by placing !ccache in the PKGBUILD
Run the check() function if present in the PKGBUILD. This
can be enabled or disabled for individual packages through the use of
makepkg’s --check and --nocheck options,
Generate a PGP signature file using GnuPG. This will
execute gpg --detach-sign --use-agent on the built package to generate
a detached signature file, using the GPG agent, if it is available. The
signature file will be the entire file name of the package with a
If using DistCC, this is used to specify a
space-delimited list of hosts running in the DistCC cluster. In addition, you
will want to modify your MAKEFLAGS.
If this value is not set, packages will, by default, be
built in subdirectories of the directory that makepkg is called from. This
option allows setting the build location to another directory. Incorrect use
of $startdir in a PKGBUILD may cause building with this option to fail.
Specify a key to use for GPG signing instead of the
default key in the keyring. Can be overridden with makepkg’s
OPTIONS=(!strip docs libtool staticlibs emptydirs !zipman
This array contains options that affect default
packaging. They are equivalent to options that can be placed in the PKGBUILD;
the defaults are shown here. All options should always be left in the array;
to enable or disable an option, simply remove or add an “!” at
the front of the option. If an option is specified multiple times, the final
value takes precedence. Each option works as follows:
Strip symbols from binaries and libraries. If you
frequently use a debugger on programs or libraries, it may be helpful to
disable this option.
Save doc directories. If you wish to delete doc
directories, specify !docs in the array. The directories affected are
specified by the DOC_DIRS variable.
Leave libtool (.la) files in packages. Specify !libtool
to remove them.
Leave static library (.a) files in packages. Specify
!staticlibs to remove them, if they have a shared counterpart.
Leave empty directories in packages.
Compress manual (man and info) pages with gzip. The
directories affected are specified by the MAN_DIRS variable.
Remove files specified by the PURGE_TARGETS variable from
Add the user-specified debug flags as specified in
DEBUG_CFLAGS and DEBUG_CXXFLAGS to their counterpart buildflags. Creates a
separate package containing the debug symbols when used with
File integrity checks to use. Multiple checks may be
specified; this affects both generation and checking. The current valid
options are: md5, sha1, sha224, sha256, sha384, and sha512.
Options to be used when stripping binaries. See
Options to be used when stripping shared libraries or PIE
executables. See strip(1)
Options to be used when stripping static libraries. See
If zipman is specified in the OPTIONS array, this
variable will instruct makepkg where to look to compress manual (man and info)
pages. If you build packages that are located in opt/, you may need to add the
directory to this array. NOTE: Do not add the leading slash to the
If !docs is specified in the OPTIONS array, this variable
will instruct makepkg where to look to remove docs. If you build packages that
are located in opt/, you may need to add the directory to this array.
NOTE: Do not add the leading slash to the directory name.
If purge is specified in the OPTIONS array, this variable
will instruct makepkg which files to remove from the package. This is useful
for index files that are added by multiple packages.
If strip and debug are specified in the OPTIONS array,
this variable will instruct makepkg where to place source files for installed
binaries. The binaries will be modified to link this directory for the
debugger search path.
If this value is not set, packages will, by default, be
placed in the current directory (location of the PKGBUILD(5)
people like to keep all their packages in one place so this option allows for
this behavior. A common location is “/home/packages”.
If this value is not set, downloaded source files will
only be stored in the current directory. Many people like to keep all source
files in a central location for easy cleanup, so this path can be set
If this value is not set, source package files will be
stored in in the current directory. Many people like to keep all source
package files in a central location for easy cleanup, so this path can be set
If this value is not set, log files are written to the
current directory. This centralizes the log location, facilitating cleanup and
PACKAGER="John Doe <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
This value is used when querying a package to see who was
the builder. It is recommended to change this to your name and email
COMPRESSGZ="(gzip -c -f -n)",
COMPRESSBZ2="(bzip2 -c -f)", COMPRESSXZ="(xz -c
-z -)", COMPRESSLZO"(lzop -q)",
COMPRESSLRZ="(lrzip -q)", COMPRESSZ="(compress
Sets the command and options used when compressing
compiled or source packages in the named format.
Sets the compression used when making compiled or source
packages. Valid suffixes are .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.xz, .tar.lzo,
.tar.lrz, and .tar.Z. Do not touch these unless you know what you are