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In Manjaro is there any functional difference between using

makepkg -s

followed by then running

pacman -U <package_name>.tar.xz

instead of just using

makepkg -si

? I've seen them both used in instructions for installing programs from AUR, and I was curious if there was any significant difference between the two processes.

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No, there is no functional difference between the two. Infact 'makepkg -i' calls 'pacman -U' in the backend.

From my understanding, the only reason the 'makepkg -i' option exists is to streamline the build process with a single tool using a single command.

Source: $ man makepkg

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