Pernament build files edit

I have problem with one package intellij-idea-community-edition-no-jre. What I want to write in this post is not related to the package per se, but rather to the way it is updated by pamac.

You see, there was a problem with running Intellij with my java jre-17, so I solved it by editing the .desktop file and changing this line:

Exec=idea-ce %f

to this line:

Exec=bash -c "IDEA_JDK=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk idea-ce %f"

Now Intellj runs with the right jre and starts up and works fine.

Problem solved? I thought so, but not so fast...

Unfortunately my edit to this file are overwritten each time I do an update to this package.
I discovered I can edit the build files of this package (it is from AUR, so I can do so) and did a similar change to the .desktop file I've mentioned earlier.

But this didn't solved the problem either...

You see, the original author to this package put the .desktop file as one of files to be downloaded from the net AND being checked upon with SHA256 hash (it "amazes" me to why it was done like that...) so any change on my side are also either forbidden or (after I change the hash to SKIP) overwritten again, because of the download.

So, I'm asking You If I can do anything to make my edits a bit more permanent?

System:
  Kernel: 5.18.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=6a135e81-5d37-4390-8a10-a9eef293c0d9 rw [email protected]
    quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
    systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
  Desktop: Cinnamon v: 5.4.2 tk: GTK v: 3.24.34 wm: Mutter vt: 7
    dm: LightDM v: 1.30.0 Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire A515-54G v: V1.24
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: CML model: Doc_WC v: V1.24 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: Insyde v: 1.24 date: 07/07/2021
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 39.0 Wh (100.0%) condition: 39.0/48.9 Wh (79.7%)
    volts: 16.2 min: 15.2 model: LGC AC14B8K type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: full
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mouse serial: <filter>
    charge: 55% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: discharging
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i5-10210U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Comet/Whiskey Lake note: check gen: core 10 built: 2018
    process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x8E (142) stepping: 0xC (12)
    microcode: 0xF0
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
    L3: 6 MiB desc: 1x6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 800 min/max: 400/4200 scaling: driver: intel_pstate
    governor: powersave cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800
    8: 800 bogomips: 33599
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2
    mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CometLake-U GT2 [UHD Graphics]
    vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen9.5
    process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20 ports: active: eDP-1 empty: HDMI-A-1
    bus-ID: 0000:00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:9b41 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP108M [GeForce MX250] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: nouveau v: kernel non-free: 515.xx+ status: current (as of 2022-06)
    arch: Pascal process: TSMC 16nm built: 2016-21 bus-ID: 0000:02:00.0
    chip-ID: 10de:1d13 class-ID: 0302
  Device-3: Quanta HD User Facing type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:3
    chip-ID: 0408:a061 class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 driver: X: loaded: intel,nouveau
    unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP1 model: AU Optronics 0x61ed built: 2018
    res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 143 gamma: 1.2 size: 340x190mm (13.39x7.48")
    diag: 395mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP cAVS vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 0000:00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:02c8 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.18.5-zen1-1-zen running: yes
  Sound Server-2: sndio v: N/A running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.52 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    bus-ID: 0000:00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:02f0 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000
    bus-ID: 0000:03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
RAID:
  Hardware-1: Intel 82801 Mobile SATA Controller [RAID mode]
    driver: intel_nvme_remap v: N/A port: 5060 bus-ID: 0000:00:17.0
    chip-ID: 8086:282a rev: class-ID: 0104
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 953.87 GiB used: 99.84 GiB (10.5%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Intel model: SSDPEKNW010T8
    size: 953.87 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: SSD
    serial: <filter> rev: 002C temp: 28.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 476.38 GiB size: 476.38 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 99.78 GiB (20.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%)
    used: 54.6 MiB (56.9%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 476.38 GiB size: 476.38 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 99.78 GiB (20.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 476.38 GiB size: 476.38 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 99.78 GiB (20.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 476.38 GiB size: 476.38 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 99.78 GiB (20.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 7.59 GiB used: 688.5 MiB (8.9%)
    priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C pch: 44.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau
    temp: 39.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 295 Uptime: 2h 55m wakeups: 12 Memory: 7.59 GiB
  used: 5.47 GiB (72.1%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.1.0 clang: 13.0.1 Packages: apt: 0
  pacman: 1699 lib: 370 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: gnome-terminal
  inxi: 3.3.18
Garuda (2.6.4-1):
  System install date:     2021-12-22
  Last full system update: 2022-06-23 ↻
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:            

The easiest way would be to copy the desktop launcher into $HOME/.local/share/applications and edit that one. It will override the system-wide launcher and retain the changes when the package is updated.

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Thanks! I should remember about this folder a bit more often :wink:

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