When comparing pikaur vs Aura, the Slant community recommends pikaur for most people. In the question“What are the best AUR helpers for Arch-based Linux distributions?” pikaur is ranked 3rd while Aura is ranked 4th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro AUR package names in shell completion (bash, fish, zsh)
Pro Upgrade -git, -svn and other dev packages
Pro Using systemd dynamic users if building packages as root user
Pro Show unread Arch news before sysupgrade
Pro Interactively handle common build problems (like untrusted GPG key or checksum mismatch, wrong architecture)
Pro Can install packages even when others fail
Sometimes when building multiple unrelated packages, the failure of one means that none get installed. With this helper, it will not only ask you what to do during a failure, but you can skip the package all together without having to restart.
Pro Remove make dependencies on completion
Some AUR packages require at times dozens of dependencies solely for the build process. Usually, once the build process is done, they stick around without purpose. This helper automatically removes those dependencies once all the builds are complete.
Pro Retrieve PKGBUILDs from AUR and ABS (-G/--getpkgbuild)
Pro Build local PKGBUILDs with AUR deps (-P/--pkgbuild)
Pro Written in Haskell
Since the application is written in Haskell, it means that, unless the author went out of their way to subvert the type system, at least some classes of bugs must have been eliminated for the project to even compile, and so at least some basic level of stability is guaranteed.
Pro Similar syntax to pacman
pacman -Ss ghc
aura -As ghc
Pro Run as Root, Build as a User
makepkg gets very upset if you try to build a package as root. That said, a built package can't be handed off to pacman and installed if you don't run as root. Other AUR helpers ignore this problem, but Aura does not. Even when run with sudo, packages are built with normal user privilages, then handed to pacman and installed as root.
Con Splits pacman -Syu to -Sy and -Su
-Sy (to refresh package list first) and -Su (to install upgrades after user confirmed the package list or has been altered it via [M]anual package selection).
Con aura is difficult to use for system upgrade.
sudo aura -Syu
searches for .sig files for each repository.
.Sig files are not used with pacman