Do you want to package polybar for a distro? Great! Read this page to get started.
Before you get started, have a look at the Packaging Label on our GitHub repo and Repology to see if polybar is already packaged for that distro or if there are efforts to do so.
Even if a package already exists, it might still make sense for you to package polybar in some cases. Some of these cases are:
- The existing package is out-of-date and the packager is no longer able/willing to continue maintaining the package (or they are simply not reachable anymore).
- The existing package exist in some non-official repository and you are able to introduce the package into the official package repository for the distro/package manager. For example if there is a PPA providing polybar for Ubuntu and you can add polybar to the official Ubuntu repositories, please do :)
The list above is not exhaustive, if you are unsure, feel free to ask in a new GitHub issue or on Gitter. Please also ask if you run into any polybar related issues while packaging.
If you haven't already, carefully read the Compiling wiki page to make sure you fully understand all the dependencies involved and how to build polybar manually.
We can't really tell you how to create a package for your distro, you need to figure that out yourself. But we can give you some guidance on building polybar for a package
Gathering the Source Code¶
Unless you are creating a package that tracks the
master branch, don't clone
the git repository. We provide a tarball with all the required source code on
our Release Page, use that in
Configuring and Compiling¶
Do not use the
build.sh script for building polybar for your package. The
usage and flags of the script may change without notice and we don't consider
that a breaking change.
You can mostly follow the instructions on the wiki for how to
compile polybar, but there are some additional
cmake arguments you might
want to use:
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: As of writing this is already the default, but use it just to be on the safe side.
-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr: Without this all the polybar files will be installed under
/usr/local. However, for packages it is often recommended they directly install to
/usr. So this flag will install polybar to
/usr/local/bin/polybar. The packaging guidelines for your distro may disagree with this, in that case be sure to follow your distro's guidelines.
sudo make install, you will most likely want to use
DESTDIR=<dir> make install. That way the files will be installed into
<dir> instead of your filesystem root.
Finally, subscribe to our GitHub thread for package maintainers to get notified about new releases and changes to how polybar is built. If you want to, you can also open a PR to add your package to the Getting Started section of our README.
Thank you very much for maintaining a polybar package! 🎉