Module Guidelines

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These guidelines apply to all of a module's files.

  • Never use tabs. Use spaces instead.
  • Use 72 columns as a maximum width whenever possible (but always in the long description in the DETAILS file!).
  • Respect the MAINTAINER value. Don't modify maintained modules unless you first consult the listed maintainer.


  • Always use a SHA1 checksum instead of a MD5 checksum for SOURCE_VFY values.
  • Don't insert your eMail address into the MAINTAINER field unless you are a Lunar developer.
  • Prefer tar.bz2 over tar.gz tarballs (as it saves space/traffic) and prefer tar.gz over zip (or rar) packages.
  • Avoid using the module's name in the SHORT field.
    • e.g. instead of SHORT="MyModle is an application designed to take over the world." you should use SHORT="an application designed to take over the world"
    • You are encouraged however to start the long description off with the modules name. So in the example above the long description might be "MyModule is a GTK -2 application designed to take over the world. It features mind-control and cute, fuzzy kittens." (wrapped to 72 characters characters of course.) This way the output of lvu what is presented nicely to the user.
  • Always align the equal signs (=) vertially within the file. "=" should be at character position 17, as this allows for the (optional) variable SOURCE_DIRECTORY= to be added later if needed and have it still be lined up with the rest of the content already in the file.
  • Make sure to check whether a module is PSAFE or not. A lot of programs fail to build with parallel makes.


  • Only list unique dependencies.
    • That means that if the module you are building requires both "libX" and "libY" to properly compile/run but "libX" itself already requires (non-optionally) "libY," you should only add "libX" as a dependency to your module. This is because "libY" will automatically come along with "libX."
  • Never put logic into this file. The only things that can exist in this file are function calls to depends and/or optional_depends.
    • Putting logic into DEPENDS, while it might seem clever, is a sure way to mess up Lunar's internal dependency handling mechanisms and commands such as lvu leert.
  • If possible, always provide the means to disable support for an optional dependency, even if that optional module is installed.
    • That means if the application's ./configure script allows for a --disable-my-optional-depends you should include that switch when building your optional_depends line. This allows you to not compile in support for certain features, even if your computer has the necessary application/library installed to support that feature. Remember, choice is good.
  • Always follow each depends and optional_depends call with a
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