Customizing AUR Packages

Sometimes, you want to customize an AUR package (for Arch Linux), but its hard to figure out how to get it working. Here’s how I do it, using VMD as an example.

Download the package locally

$ mkdir -p ~/pkg
$ cd ~/pkg
$ pacaur -d vmd

Make necessary changes

What happens here is up to you. Here is the VMD example:

$ cd vmd
$ mv ~/Downloads/vmd-1.9.2.bin.LINUXAMD64.opengl.tar.gz .

Make and install the package

This will compile and install the package, calling sudo as necessary:

$ makepkg -i