Package Details: informant 0.4.5-1

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Package Base: informant
Description: An Arch Linux News reader and pacman hook
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Keywords: news
Licenses: MIT
Submitter: bradford-smith94
Maintainer: bradford-smith94
Last Packager: bradford-smith94
Votes: 80
Popularity: 2.13
First Submitted: 2018-02-27 18:54 (UTC)
Last Updated: 2023-01-03 22:56 (UTC)

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bradford-smith94 commented on 2023-01-03 22:59 (UTC)

Thanks @zagg, added as a makedepends. I didn't increment pkgrel so as not to trigger updates for anyone who already has it installed.

zagg commented on 2023-01-03 15:23 (UTC)

Don't you think it might be good to add python-setuptools as a deps.

==> Starting build()...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/tmp/pkg/src/informant-0.4.5/", line 2, in <module>
    from setuptools import setup
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'setuptools'
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in build().

nilsw commented on 2022-08-20 07:10 (UTC) (edited on 2022-08-20 07:11 (UTC) by nilsw)

Instead of manually managing the informant group and /var/cache/informant in post_install() you could use sysusers.d and tmpfiles.d.

Check out plex-media-server for an AUR package that does this.

hexadecagram commented on 2022-07-06 19:39 (UTC)

Installation is tripping over 00-informant.hook. I suspected that options=(zipman) might be the cause of these errors but removing it from PKGBUILD had no effect.

warning: could not get file information for usr/share/licenses/informant/LICENSE
warning: could not get file information for usr/share/man/man1/informant.1.gz
:: Running pre-transaction hooks...
(1/1) Performing snapper pre snapshots for the following configurations...
:: Processing package changes...
(1/1) reinstalling informant  [---] 100%
error: could not extract /usr/share/libalpm/hooks/00-informant.hook (Zstd decompression failed: Unknown frame descriptor)
error: problem occurred while upgrading informant
NOTE: Add yourself to group "informant" to avoid the need for sudo
error: could not commit transaction
error: failed to commit transaction (transaction aborted)
Errors occurred, no packages were upgraded.

As a workaround, I just manually run the install lines in package().

bradford-smith94 commented on 2021-12-13 17:50 (UTC)

If you had informant installed prior to the Python 3.10 update, the installed package is built on Python 3.9 and will not work once pacman removes Python 3.9.

To fix this you just need to rebuild informant.

linuxkd commented on 2021-12-13 17:47 (UTC) (edited on 2021-12-13 18:11 (UTC) by linuxkd)

Informant seems to be broken with the installation of Python 3.10.

core/python 3.10.1-1 (11.3 MiB 53.6 MiB) (Installed)

➜ informant
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/informant", line 33, in <module>
    sys.exit(load_entry_point('informant==0.4.5', 'console_scripts', 'informant')())
  File "/usr/bin/informant", line 22, in importlib_load_entry_point
    for entry_point in distribution(dist_name).entry_points
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/importlib/metadata/", line 919, in distribution
    return Distribution.from_name(distribution_name)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/importlib/metadata/", line 518, in from_name
    raise PackageNotFoundError(name)
importlib.metadata.PackageNotFoundError: No package metadata was found for informant

I was able to resolve the issue via this process:

yay -R informant
python -m pip install $(pip list --path ~/.local/lib/python3.9/site-packages | cut -d " " -f1 | egrep -v 'Package|---')
yay -S $(pacman -Qmq $(pacman -Qqo /usr/lib/python3.9)) --answerclean All
yay -S informant

bradford-smith94 commented on 2021-10-23 17:52 (UTC)

If you haven't run a system update in the last few days the sgmllib issue should be all worked out by now (it was on the mirrors closest to me).

If you used the method posted by @m8D2 I would recommend that you run sudo pacman -D --asdeps python-sgmllib3k to have pacman properly track it as a dependency rather than explicitly installed (unless you want it explicitly installed).

See also:

bradford-smith94 commented on 2021-10-20 18:31 (UTC)

The sgmllib errors are caused by an update to the python-feedparser package dropping python-sgmllib as a dependency in python-feedparser 6.0.1-1 this is recently fixed in python-feedparser 6.0.1-2. A system update should fix this issue once the latest version of the feedparser package hits your mirror.

The solution posted by @m8D2 is correct if you need it before the feedparser update.

m8D2 commented on 2021-10-20 17:51 (UTC) (edited on 2021-10-20 17:54 (UTC) by m8D2)

@waitnsea, i solved this by uninstalling informant and python-sgmlib, system update and installing python-sgmlib3k and re-installing informant:

yay -R informant python-sgmlib
sudo pacman -Syu python-sgmllib3k
yay -S informant